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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Aloo Baingan Bharta

Cooking Time Required: 20-25 mins
Cost of preparation: 20-30 Rupees


  • Brinjal ( 1-2 large)
  • potato (1 medium)
  • tomato ( 1 no, medium)
  • green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • onion (1 large)
  • garlic(2-3 pods)
  • ginger (1/2 inch)
  • green chillies (2 nos)
  • cumin(jeera) powder(1/2 tsp)
  • chilli powder (1/2 tsp, optional)
  • mustard seeds(1/4 tsp)
  • cumin seeds (1/3 tsp)
  • coriander seeds (1/2 tsp)
  • turmeric (1/2 tsp)
  • oil (3-4 tsp)
  • sugar (1/2 tsp)
  • salt to taste.

Cooking: Boil the potato and keep aside. Roast the brinjal on low flame till it softens. Remove from fire, keep on a plate and cover with a vessel. This will help cook the brinjal completely. Remove the vessel after 5-10 mins, peel the brinjal and mash it. Also peel the potato and dice it into cubes. Cut the onion into fine rings, the ginger and tomato should be cut into small pieces.
Heat the oil in a Kadai(deep pan). When smoking, add the garlic pods. Fry till the garlic turns slightly brown. Remove the garlic, and add sugar(for a reddish color). Add mustard, cumin and coriander seeds. Also add the ginger pieces and green chillies. Fry for about 2 mins, then add onion. When the onion turns slightly red, add the turmeric and potato pieces. Fry for about 4-5 mins, then add tomato. Add the mashed brinjal, green peas, chilli powder and cumin powder after 2 mins. Cook on medium flame for 5-6 mins. Remove from fire , garnish with coriander leaves and serve with roti or rice.

Tips: If you are suffering from hyperacidity, boil the brinjal instead of roasting it. Adding pudina leaves to the garnish not only adds a different flavour but also helps alleviate acidity .

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