Indian style smoky mashed eggplant curry. Vegan. Gluten-free.

Prep Time20minutes mins

Cook Time45minutes mins

Course: Mains

Cuisine: North Indian

Servings: 3


  • Frying Pan


For roasting the eggplant

  • 400 g Big round eggplants
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tsp Oil

For Baingan Bartha

  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Grated ginger
  • 1 tsp Grated garlic
  • 1 tsp Minced green chili
  • 3/4 c Finely chopped onions
  • 1.5 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1/4 c Finely chopped bell peppers
  • 1.5 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1.5 tsp Coriander powder
  • 3/4 tsp Garam masala
  • 3/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3/4 c Finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 recipe Mashed eggplants
  • 1 tbsp Finely chopped coriander leaves


Roasting the eggplants

  • Wash and pat dry the eggplants.
  • Make deep slits on the eggplants and insert garlic cloves.
  • Smear oil on the eggplants.
  • Now, place this on fire and roast till the eggplants turn soft and cooked. This takes roughly 15 to 20 mins.
  • Make sure you turn the eggplants in between while they are being roasted.
  • When done, wash the roasted eggplants in water. Discard the charred skin.
  • Mash the roasted eggplants and garlic together well. Set aside

Making baingan bartha

  • Heat a pan with oil.
  • Add the cumin seeds and allow it to crackle.
  • Now, add the garlic, ginger and green chili. Saute for 10 to 20 secs.
  • Immediately, add the onions and bell peppers and mix well.
  • Cook till the onions turn pink and soft.
  • Now, add salt and spice powders. Mix well and saute for 30 secs on low flame.
  • At this point, add chopped tomatoes and mix well.
  • Cook the tomatoes till they turn mushy.
  • When done, add the mashed eggplants and mix well.
  • Simmer for 3 to 4 mins on medium flame.
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot.

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