Baingan Bharta

Baingan Bharta in a bowl

Published January 29, 2013 | Written by

Published by: Healthline Exclusive

Servings: 5
Total Time: 30 min

Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 20 min


A North Indian dish, baingan bharta is an exotic combination of roasted eggplants and spices. The characteristic aroma of roasted eggplants blended with the spices makes this dish an irresistible preparation. It is eaten as a part of main course and tastes best with chapattis or parathas.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: Approximately 1/3 cup of cooked bharta
Calories per serving: 55
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.3g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%
Sodium 125mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 10.6g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g 14%
Protein 1.8g 3%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 1 pound brinjal/eggplant
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped

Step by Step:

  1. Wash eggplant and pat dry. Roast the eggplants either in a tandoor or a 450 degree oven for 10 minutes or until the skin starts to blister. You can also roast them over open flame. Cool them and peel the skin. Mash the pulp completely and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Add cumin seeds and when they start crackling, add onions and sauté until they become golden brown and translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for another 2-4 minutes. Now add green chilies, tomatoes and all the dry spices and cook for 5-10 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and pulpy. Lower the heat and add the mashed pulp of the roasted eggplant. Stir continuously and cook for 10-12 minutes, until the eggplant is smoothly blended with the spices.
  3. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.