Monday, 3 May 2010

Baingan Bhartha (Roasted Aubergine) with spinach !! and Event Announcement(Updated)

Ok guys, tell me  the truth how many of you hated or dislike aubergine or eggplant, or even now you are avoiding..;-))....well I was one of you, during my childhood I really hated all the vegetables, just happy with potatoes..but could't say it to mum..I was a good girl, wasn't I ? However, as I got older, when it was my turn to go out and buy the food, the first thing that I bought was, surprisingly, aubergines ! SInce then, I've started liking them so much that my mum would end up getting angry with me becasue that would be the only vegetable that I kept buying. Now, I have to start again with my daughter, only I hope that one day she will go to the shop and bring home some aubergines for me !

My mum has taught me many dishes with aubergine and even I have seen many in recipe books and on the internet, but undoubtedly, my favourite aubergine dish has to be Baigan Bhartha. At the moment, aubergine can be bought cheap so there isnt a week that goes without making a dish using aubergine - much to the displeasure of my daughter.  So there are so many great aubergine memories with my mum and my daughter...So what is Baigan Bhartha? Is lovely or should I say heavenly smoky flavoured roasted eggplant!!  Every region in India has their own version of Baigan Bhartha...Now days even in parties I have seen this dish..and in U.K English people have started liking it too..

You will need:-

  • 1 large Aubergine
  • 1 packet of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup onion finly chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, grated -can use green garlic
  • 1 teaspoon green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander-cumin seed powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil 
  • salt to taste

For the garnish

  •  Handful of fresh chopped coriander
Method:-

Grease the brinjal with a little oil, make slits all over the surface and cook over an open flame till it is soft.




 Cool and peel the skin. Mash the pulp thoroughly and keep aside. (I grind it in grinder, so there isn't any lump in the puree) Heat the oil and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle add the onions and sauté for a few minutes.  Add the ginger, garlic and green chillies and fry again for a few seconds.  Add the tomato, turmeric powder, coriander-cumin seed powder and cook till the oil separates from the masala. Add the mashed brinjal, garam masala and salt and mix well.   Now add washed spinach and let it cook further 2-3 minutes. Serve hot garnished with the coriander. and enjoyy as much as I do..;0)) I love to have it mine with Bajra Rotla(Millet flour roti)..

Sending this dish to event Mother's day cooking celebration hosted by Panch Pakwan...as now I only have the memories with me................and event Cooking with seeds-Cumin seeds hosted by Sara's Corner, started by Priya

Announcing Event : Home Remedies Series III

Few weeks back Sadhana and Muskaan of A2Zvegetarian cuisine asked me if I can be a guest host of their Home Remedies Event...It's huge successful event and this event is hosted as a series..I am honored and lucky to host the event and I'll be hosting event for May 2010.

A natural home remedy is one way to help you heal. It is a form of self-help.  Taking control of your own health.Natural remedies are a great thing to have on hand when allergies kick in, skin problems crop up, and your hair fries after a long, hot summer and headaches, to sleeplessness, to the many stress related illnesses.or should I say a very long list that can go on and on..... So let's get together and fight all these unwanted and nasty problems like Hayfever, Watery eyes, dry skin, sunburn, if you been stung by a bee, digestive problems, toothache and if you think any others, post them to me..

There are some rules to follow


1) This is a vegetarian blog so ingredients used should be strictly vegetarian, no eggs allowed please, however dairy is exempted.


2) Please send only remedies which you have tried & tested in your home and worked for you.

3) If you have used any special spice/s for the remedies please take a photo along with the final product as lot of people might not be familiar by the name, also discuss why & when to use/consume, ALSO whether it is prepared fresh/ can be kept after preparing for later consumption.

4) Link your post to the event and the use of logo is COMPULSORY.

5) When you send the entry please mark for which ailment this remedy is.

6) Old entries are accepted, provided you repost them, and link back to this event & A2Z vegetarian Cuisine.

7) We are looking for remedies which we drink or apply orally and not meals, so please do not send soup or rasam.

8) There is no limit on the number of entries you can send, so send as many you want to.

9) Non bloggers can also participate in this event, just email us with picture, recipe & name of the remedy at your email address to joyofcooking247@googlemail.com

10) For ideas check out here for some of the home remedies we have posted from Series I and here

11) Any enqury regarding this event please leave a comment or e-mail me.

12) The event starts today and ends on May 31st 2010.

13) If you are intrested in hosting this event please email to a2zvegetariancuisine@gmail.com









 




56 comments:

  1. Very nice baiganbharta.Adding spinach in it is new to me.Nice clicks.

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  2. Ohh I love baigan ka bartha..
    Adding spinach is new to me..But sounds even more delicious..

    Thank you so much for sending to my event.

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  3. Even i didnt like brinjals before but started having it after my marriage...bhartha looks delicious,love the colour and the clicks...& loved your bangle too

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  4. Delicious and sounds healthy with spinach.

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  5. Never tried with spinach.... interesting and yummy....will try it soon....

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing.That is a wonderful recipe and very clear!! I have the same thing with my daughter and potatoes, too! Peace, Stephanie

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  7. I too posted something similiar in my last post :). Your bhartha looks great

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  8. Adding spinach to baingan bhartha sounds truly interesting also healthy..

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  9. This looks awesome..delicious and heatly too. love this recipe.

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  10. lovely and delicious combo of baingan and spinach.

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  11. Hy Jajruti,
    Wonderful dish and delicious recipe...even for me, brinjals were not to be eaten veg in childhood days, but now knowing its taste, am not leaving any recipe of it. Love to try out your recipe..Sounds very interesting dear....

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  12. Adding spinach to baingan bhartha is pretty interesting. Lovely dish.

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  13. Sounds delicious...I have always loved eggplant.

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  14. hey dear...nice dish...my mothers fav dish..u refreshed my memories..it looks yummy...
    and jagruti i m nt able add myself in ur followers list..it takes me to FB page....chal happy cooking

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  15. I have always loved eggplants. I love this dish! Awesome!

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  16. eggplant with spinach is new for me.. looks delicious.

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  17. Yummy bhartha dear...I love anything and everything with brinjals.

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  18. Baingan bartha looks delicious..Can I bake the brinjals in oven cuz I only have electric hotplates here..

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  19. I love eggplant bhartha ... goes very well with roti's ... lovely.

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  20. I am a new fan of eggplant. This dish looks tasty.

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  21. Jagurti,

    Nice Baingan ka bhartha. I love it.

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  22. i love eggplants and this is one of my all time fav dishes!

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  23. From childhood,till now,I love this veggie a lot :) More than other veggies that too. :) Nice recipe have to try this out sometime!

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  24. Eggplant with spinach sounds great n new to me dear..ur's looks delicious n well presented.

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  25. Nice interesting combo dear!!!
    Looks perfect and tempting :-)

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  26. jagruthi
    the baigan bhartha looks so delicious..i was looking for this recipe..have to try this combination..eggplant and spinach.thanks for sharing dear

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  27. New preaparation of baingan bharta adding spinach which I liked very much. A very different idea and the dish looks spicy, delicious and tempting.

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  28. I've always loved eggplant and this preparation, with the spinach and the spices, is making me crave it even more than usual!

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  29. The perfect baingan bartha and loved the addition of spinach, the click looks good.
    My heart sank at the words ,'as now I only have the memories with me................'No matter how old we are, we would love to have our parents alive and well. Me too unlucky in this aspect :(

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  30. I really love aubergines NOW, but as a kid, I refused to even taste this vegetable ...like you, I 'm trying hard to make my teddies like the dish as well :)

    your baingan bhartha looks delicious !!! I love to have it with chapatis :)

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  31. I like eggplant but I sure don't cook enough with it. This recipe sounds terrific!

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  32. I was also like that only, never ate any veggies except potatoes when I was kid! Great dish, eggplant with spinach sounds good...looks very delicious :)

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  33. The eggplant sounds and looks really good! I wish I could have some for my dinner!

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  34. Both of used to hate bengan too, but now i love bengan, still he doesn't, but both of us loves bengan bharta :)

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  35. This one is my fav...looks too gud...and all the best for the event dear..will try to think soem remedies ;)

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  36. Lovely combo and healthy too bhartha looks yum.

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  37. This looks delicious. I'm not a huge fan of eggplant, but I learned a long time ago to never say never. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  38. Great combo, looks so yummy and healthy, beautiful click too...

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  39. hi jagruthi what a lovely dish
    you are a great cook good work

    baingan bharathi really looks yummy

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  40. I can tell you I love Aubergines, there is even a very popular moroccan salad made with Aubergine, called Za3louk, I will post it soon in my blog, it is absolutely delicious!
    Your dish looks so yummy, I'm bookmarking it.
    Have a great evening,

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  41. I 'm not a big fan of brinjal either :-) But this is one of my fav dishes :D

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  42. In my moms place amma used to keep it on fire (not the gas one the one with wood) nd it used to taste simply super... loved this curry :)

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  43. love this baingan ka bhartha...i make it slightly different...will try your version!

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  44. Nice looking bharta.. I too love it with bajra rotla, curds and onion... yum!!!

    BTW I sent entries for the Joyful Eating whist Traveling Event... let me know if you dont get it..

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  45. I love eggplants... adding spinach is a cool idea:)

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  46. Hey Jagruthi,
    Today I am planning to prepare bartha for dinner,yours is looking delicious!!!..Interesting combo of spinach and aubergine..

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  47. The ringda na auro looks delicious I too made it with rotla but my recipe is slightly diff to yours.
    Congrtas on hosting your event ,will send a healing recipe soon.

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  48. this is on my list of things to make...its always intrigued me

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  49. I did not know you were hosting this event.Good that I saw it now.Will surely send my entry without missing it this time.

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  50. Hey jagruti, Baigan ka bhartha looks very inviting!!!! BTW Kada Design looks great :)))
    Happy Hosting Home Remedies!!!!

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  51. Would like to participate and will send an email to you. Beautiful pictures.

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  52. I came across your blog while looking for some Indian food recipes and liked a lot. How amazing! I will keep an eye out for all your recipes :)

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