Baingan Bharta | Roasted Eggplant Stir Fry |Aubergine Mash | Chokha | Baigan Chokha |Smoky Eggplant Stirfry , A simple dish with a multi cultural presence. This is a simple recipe made with baigan / eggplant or Aubergine seasoned with simple Indian spices but with a not so simple flavor. Baingan Bharta or Roasted Eggplant Stir Fry is made with chopped onions , chopped tomatoes and green peas tempered with some beautiful Indian spices.
The multi cultural presence of this dish has added various versions and avatars and flavors to the recipes. Spicy and not so spicy version and then a few places addition of boiled potatoes and other vegetables are common.
You make alter the ingredients a little as per preference,but make it just the way it is to enjoy the true flavors of Aubergine .This recipe uses 2-3 green chillies to taste, if you don not prefer very spicy then you may reduce the amount of green chilies or just avoid adding any as per your preference.
I have been a Baingan Bharta lover all my life. My mom says, as a baby i could just survive on Baigun Bharta over any other vegetable. And neglecting the poor chapati/bread to relish a bigger spoonful of my love for this not so fancy veggie was rare to be seen. But i have to admit, i love the Bharta what my Mom makes.She just makes the best bharta in the world. With no magical ingredients, just simple spices and lots and lots of love ,she managed this BE-GUN (zero value) veggie to reach the top of my menu. That may not sound a challenge to you, but for my mom who had a girl with very snobbish take as far as the vegetables were concerned,she achieved a great deal.I am sure lots of you moms would relate to this.
Times are different now, even Baigun has a fancy name “Aubergine / Eggplant” which make it a bit desirable ,also with many international recipe to try. Believe me ,you can experiment with Aubergine,its a really versatile veggie. Pick your flavors and add them to your roasted and smoky eggplant, ad just see the magic.From a stir fried dish to a dip, this sure can be served in many avatars.