Easy Bagara Baingan

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Total Time:
45-60 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Stewed Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 8 - 10 - Indian eggplants/brinjals
  • 1 - large onion chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp - ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp - turmeric powder
  • 3-4 tsp - red chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp - thick tamarind pulp
  • Freshly chopped coriander leaves
  • olive oil or any cooking oil
  • For dry masala paste:
  • 1 tbsp - khus khus/white poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp - til/sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup - peanuts
  • 3/4 cup - coconut
  • 1 tbsp - coriander seeds
  • 1.5 tsp - cumin seeds
  • For baghaar/tempering:
  • 1 tsp - cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp - mustard seeds
  • 1/2 - fenugreek seeds
  • 10 - 12 - curry leaves

How to Make Easy Bagara Baingan

  • Wash the brinjals and make four incisions, perpendicular cuts (an X) from the base of each brinjal, taking care the stem end is intact.
  • Soak them in a bowl of cold water with 1 tbsp salt to prevent discoloration. Keep aside. In a kadai pour oil to deep fry.
  • When the oil is hot, drain the brinjals.
  • Deep fry the brinjals for about 3-4 minutes until they are tender and 80% cooked.
  • Gently remove them in a platter and keep aside.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan at medium heat, dry roast the coconut, sesame seeds, khus khus, peanuts, coriander seeds and cumin seeds, all one by one separately until it start giving good aroma.
  • Do not burn the spices.
  • Once cool, rub off the skin of the peanuts.
  • Grind them all to a smooth paste by adding water and keep aside.
  • Now heat 1/4 cup oil in a kadai.
  • Add all the baghaar ingredients.
  • Once they splutter, add the finely chopped onion and fry until they turn soft.
  • Now, add the ginger-garlic paste, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and cook for another 2-3 mins.
  • Add the paste, tamarind pulp, 3/4 cup water and give it a stir.
  • Now add the fried brinjals, stir and close the lid.
  • Cook for another 20-25 mins or until the oil oozes out by stirring frequently over a medium flame.
  • Finally, garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve with pulao or biryani or roti or naan.