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Smoky Eggplant Mash
Eggplant mash (baingan bharta) is fire-roasted eggplant mash cooked with spices.
My way of preparing this dish is different from the traditional method; I cook the roughly chopped eggplant with spices and then smoke it with a coal. This method gives the same flavour as the conventional method, but it also saves me from having to clean the stovetop. When I roast the eggplant over direct flame, the stovetop becomes messy. I just love my new method of making this dish.
Eggplant is a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. It also contains a high number of antioxidants. It's a great vegetable to add to your diet.
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- 500 grams eggplant, roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (zeera)
- 3 dried red chillies
- 1-2 green chillies, roughly chopped
- 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
- salt, to taste
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp
- 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
- 2 teaspoons coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 4-5 curry leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
- 1 tablespoon coriander leaves, chopped
- Heat oil in a cooking pot. Add cumin seeds and dried red chillies. Sauté on low flame until cumin seeds turn brown.
- Add roughly chopped green chillies and ginger-garlic paste. Saute for 30 seconds or until the raw smell of the ginger and garlic dissipates.
- Add the eggplant and salt. Mix well. Add water. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until eggplant turns soft.
- Once the eggplant is cooked well, remove the lid and add curry leaves and tamarind pulp. Mix well.
- Add red chilli flakes, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Fry for 3-4 minutes.
- Heat a small coal on fire until red hot.
- Make a well in the centre of the eggplant mixture. Place a steel bowl in the well and put the coal in the bowl. Pour 1 tsp oil and cover the cooking pot with the lid.
- Allow the smoke to penetrate the eggplant mixture. Remove the coal after the smoke has finished.
- Give the mixture a good mix. Garnish with coriander leaves.
- Serve hot with roti or paratha.
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