Baingan Bharta – Roasted Eggplant Mash

Smokey roasted eggplant mash with Indian spices, this punjabi baingan bharta is a very popular dish in North India and one of my personal favorites too.

It’s best enjoyed with hot rotis or paratha!

baingan bharta served in a black bowl garnished with green chilies and a spoon on the side

Some veggies are liked universally while others have limited appeal, the eggplant (baingan in Hindi) belongs to the latter category. I don’t know how true it is but this is what I observed growing up, kids especially would never eat this vegetable.

My brothers are all grown now and they still don’t eat it! Anyway I have always been an eggplant fan, I like it in any form like in this bornai banjan or this eggplant mango kadhi but my most favorite way to eat it is baingan bharta!

Baingan Bharta is basically fire roasted eggplant mash cooked with spices. There are different ways of making this bharta [bharta=mash] but this is the most common way and the one you will find in Indian restaurants.

I know there are other ways because in the state of Uttar Pradesh and that’s where I am from, it is not made in this way at all. So as a child, I always ate eggplant bharta which was just smoked eggplant mash mixed with mustard oil, chopped garlic and some pickle masala.

In a way it tasted a lot like baba ganoush minus the tahini and olive oil. It used to be favorite until I was introduced to this Punjabi version.

baingan bharta served in a black bowl garnished with green chilies and a spoon on the side

How to Make The Best Baingan Bharta

The most important thing to get that real taste of punjabi banigan bharta is  to roast your eggplant on direct gas/flame. I know people roast the eggplant using microwave and oven too but for me the smoky aroma and flavor is what MAKES this dish so you have to fire roast the eggplant.

Another way to make it extra flavorful is to roast some garlic cloves along with the eggplant. You make few slits in the eggplant with a knife and then tuck in the garlic cloves before roasting.

The roasted garlic adds a lot of flavor. I go heavy on the garlic in my baingan bharta, use it while roasting the eggplant and also in my masala.

Once the eggplant is roasted, you mash it up and then cook it with ginger, onion, tomatoes and some spices. The real flavor of the punjabi baingan bharta comes from roasting the eggplant well so I haven’t used many spices here. That’s how it’s traditionally made too.

As you guys know, I am not a huge spice fan so I added only 1 green chili here and also used 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder. If you love your baingan bharta all spicy, use more of the green chilies and the red chili powder.

Sarvesh doesn’t like eggplant but baingan bharta is one of his favorites. That’s the special thing about this dish, you can love it even if you don’t like eggplant.

I think the smokey flavor that comes from roasting the eggplant makes it so flavorful that it’s hard not to like it, until and unless of course you are like my brothers who have made up their minds that bahrta is not to be eaten no matter what!

Baingan bharta is best enjoyed this roti or plain paratha. It goes well with rice too but I personally just polish off the entire plate with hot rotis.

punjabi baingan bharta served in a black bowl with rotis on the side

This Baingan Bharta Recipe

✓ makes the most authentic punjabi style baingan bharta

✓ is vegan and gluten-free

✓ is best enjoyed with roti or plain paratha

✓ sure to please even those who dislike eggplant otherwise!

I hope you guys give this recipe a try and love this baingan bharta as much as I do!

 

Method

1- Rinse the eggplant and pat dry. Brush it with little oil all over. Then make few slits all over the eggplant with a knife. In 3 of those slits, insert a large clove of garlic. Put the eggplant directly on heat and roast, turning often for around 10-12 minutes until completely roasted.

2- Once roasted (to check if its done, insert a knife inside the eggplant, it should go easily) use a pair of tongs to remove the eggplant from heat and wrap in an aluminium foil to cool.

3- Once cooled, remove the skin. Meanwhile also chop the roasted garlic.

4- Transfer the roasted eggplant to a bowl and mash using a fork or potato masher. Set it aside.

step by step pictures of making baingan bharta

5- Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add chopped garlic (different from the ones used while roasting the eggplant), ginger and green chili. Saute until they start changing color, around 2 minutes.

6- Then add in the chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened. Don’t brown them.

7- Add the chopped tomatoes and mix.

8- Cook the tomatoes for around 5 minutes until very soft and you notice oil oozing out of the masala.

step by step pictures of making baingan bharta

9- Add the mashed roasted eggplant into the pan along with the chopped roasted garlic and mix well.

10- Add the red chili powder and mix.

11-  Also add the coriander powder and salt and mix to combine. Cook the bharta for another 5 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring often.

12- Stir in the chopped cilantro and mix. Remove pan from heat.

step by step pictures of making baingan bharta

Serve baingan bharta immediately with hot rotis!

baingan bharta served in a black bowl garnished with green chilies and a spoon on the side

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This post has been updated from the recipe archives, first published in 2014.

Baingan Bharta

Spicy fire roasted eggplant mash, Baingan Bharta is best enjoyed with roti or parathas. This Punjabi Baingan Bharta recipe uses minimal spices for the best results! Vegan & gluten-free.

baingan bharta served in a black bowl garnished with green chilies and a spoon on the side
Course Entree
Cuisine Indian
Keyword baingan bharta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 114 kcal
Author: Manali
4.58 from 7 votes
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Ingredients

For roasting the eggplant

  • 1 medium eggplant, around 550 grams
  • 3 large garlic cloves

For the baingan bharta

  • 1.5 tablespoon oil, I used vegetable oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger , chopped
  • 1 green chili, or to taste, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, 120 grams, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, 280 grams, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Rinse the eggplant and pat dry. Brush it with little oil all over. Then make few slits all over the eggplant with a knife. In 3 of those slits, insert a large clove of garlic. Put the eggplant directly on heat and roast, turning often for around 10-12 minutes until completely roasted.


  2. Once roasted (to check if its done, insert a knife inside the eggplant, it should go easily) use a pair of tongs to remove the eggplant from heat and wrap in an aluminium foil to cool.


  3. Once cooled, remove the skin. Meanwhile also chop the roasted garlic.


  4. Transfer the roasted eggplant to a bowl and mash using a fork or potato masher. Set it aside.

  5. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add chopped garlic (different from the ones used while roasting the eggplant), ginger and green chili. Saute until they start changing color, around 2 minutes.


  6. Then add in the chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened. Don't brown them.

  7. Add the chopped tomatoes and mix. Cook the tomatoes for around 5 minutes until very soft and you notice oil oozing out of the masala.

  8. Add the mashed roasted eggplant into the pan along with the chopped roasted garlic and mix well.

  9. Add the red chili powder and mix. Also add the coriander powder and salt and mix to combine. Cook the bharta for another 5 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring often.

  10. Stir in the chopped cilantro and mix. Remove pan from heat.

  11. Serve baingan bharta hot with fresh rotis!

Nutrition Facts
Baingan Bharta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Sodium 958mg 40%
Potassium 73mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin A 8.7%
Vitamin C 9.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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8 thoughts on “Baingan Bharta – Roasted Eggplant Mash

    1. Thanks Vanessa! My hubby doesn’t like eggplants but this eggplant bharta is one of his favorite things to eat. Please let me know how it turns out!

  1. This was delicious! Thanks, Manali.

    Btw, you can also roast a whole eggplant in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. Then once it’s cool enough to handle, you can cut it in half and scoop out the insides. This was how I did it since I don’t have a gas stove. You don’t even need to poke holes in it or smear it with oil.

    1. Oh yes, you can definitely roast the eggplant in the oven. Traditionally though, baingan bharta should always have that smokey flavor which we get by directly roasting on fire. But of course oven method works too! Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. This is the recipe I have been looking for! I am 85yrs.old, but never liked looking, but certain foods
    I have had stick in my mind and this is one. Thank you for keeping this recipe and allowing others
    to benefit from your generosity. I have already got the Egg Plants!

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