Baingan Bharta (Smoky Mashed Eggplant)

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Baingan bharta is a popular Punjabi dish from the North Indian cuisine. It is made with a mash of roasted eggplant, onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices. The eggplants are roasted or grilled on direct flame or on red hot charcoal which gives them a smoky flavor and taste. I share a simply delicious family heirloom recipe that is not overloaded with spices so that the smoky flavors of the roasted eggplant and tanginess of the tomatoes come through in the dish.

overhead shot of baingan bharta in a dark blue rimmed white bowl garnished with cilantro

What is Baingan Bharta

Baingan Bharta is a popular North Indian Punjabi dish of smoky mashed eggplants in a sautéed, tangy, spiced base of onions, tomatoes, garlic, spices. The Hindi word Baingan means eggplant (or aubergine or brinjal) in English and Bharta means mashed.

You can compare baingan bharta to the Middle Eastern dish Baba Ganoush as the method of roasting eggplant is the same. But the seasonings, spices etc used are totally different and unique.

There are many regional Indian variations of making baingan bharta like the Maharashtrian Vangyache Bharit or Bihari baingan chokha or Tamilian kathirikai gothsu. The recipe that I have shared here is the Punjabi version that we make in our home.

We simply love this baingan ka bharta due to its simplicity and taste. I have learned this authentic Punjabi recipe from my mom-in-law who makes excellent Punjabi food.

baingan bharta garnished with cilantro in a blue rimmed white bowl

How is Eggplant Bharta made

1. Roasting and mashing or chopping cooked eggplant

To make baingan bharta eggplants are roasted on a direct flame on a gas stovetop or on a bed of hot charcoal or in a tandoor. Later the charred skin is peeled and the aubergines are mashed.

In Punjab, the eggplant is often roasted in the tandoor. As a result, it would get infused with the distinct smoky charcoal aroma. This is not possible nowadays as we do not have charcoal-based tandoors or charcoal burners in our kitchens.

Roasting on a direct flame infuses a smoky flavor in the eggplant. You will only get this smoky aroma and flavor, when the eggplants are fire roasted on a stove-top and not grilled or baked in the oven. I have roasted eggplant in the oven once and the baingan bhartha did not have its distinct smoky flavor and taste.

In this recipe, I have also incorporated the dhungar method of infusing the smoky aroma of burnt charcoal. The method is shown in the step-by-step pictorial. However, this method is optional and you can easily skip it.

2. Cooking in onion-tomato masala

Later the mashed eggplant is added to a sauteed mixture of onions, tomatoes, garlic, spices and cooked further.

Tomatoes give a nice tang in this recipe and harmonizes with the sweetness of the onions and eggplant. Garlic also adds a lot of depth and flavor to this simple comforting baingan ka bharta.

I usually make the dish this way but I have also experimented by adding ground spices like turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder etc.

One point, I have observed is that the smoky aroma and flavor of the eggplant comes out very distinctly in this simple recipe where fewer ground spices are used.

But if you like a more bolder version of baingan bharta, then add your favorite Indian ground spices to it.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Baingan Bharta

Roasting Eggplant

I share a method which I implement when roasting the brinjal. Using this method, you can be almost sure of not having any worms in the brinjal prior to roasting.

1. Rinse the baingan (eggplant or aubergine) in water. Pat dry with a kitchen napkin. Cut the eggplant from its base up-to an inch away from the stem without breaking it apart.

Cut on four sides or directions as shown in the photo below. The eggplant has to be whole when you place it on the stove-top. So remember to cut gently.

cutting the eggplant

2. Gently pull apart.

pulling apart the chopped eggplant

3. Open the cut parts slightly more and check for worms or any black spots. Discard the eggplant if you see any worms in it.

checking for worms on a pulled apart eggplant

4. If the eggplant looks clean and without worms, you can proceed further. Optionally rub a bit of oil all over it.

Keep it for roasting on direct flame on the stove-top. Keep the flame to medium-low or medium. You could also embed some garlic cloves in the eggplant prior to roasting it.

I place a round metal rack on the stove-top burner and place the eggplant on it. You can use a metal baking rack but make sure the metal won’t melt while roasting.

Note that as the eggplant cooks some of the juices and drippings will fall which you can wipe later. I don’t recommend placing or covering the sides of the stove-top with aluminum foil as they can burn and be dangerous.

You can also grill the brinjal or roast it in the oven. But then do keep in mind that you won’t get the smoky flavor in the eggplant.

roasting eggplant in stove-top burner

5. With the help of tongs, keep turning the eggplant after 2 to 3 minutes on the flame, so that it is evenly cooked.

roasting eggplant in stove-top burner

6. Roast the aubergine till it’s completely cooked and tender. With a knife or fork check the doneness. The knife should slide easily in eggplant without any resistance.

checking the roasted eggplant with a knife

7. Remove the eggplant and immerse in a bowl of water till it cools.

Smoking Eggplant (Optional)

8. You can opt to do this dhungar technique of infusing charcoal smoky flavor in the eggplant. This is an optional step and increases the smokiness in the dish. But it is not an essential step and even without doing this step you will still get a delicious baingan ka bharta.

Use natural charcoal for this method. Heat a small piece of charcoal on flame till it becomes smoking hot and red.

coal pieces on a round wired tray on stove-top burner

4. Make small cuts on the roasted baingan with a knife. Place the red hot charcoal in the same plate where the roasted aubergine is kept. Add a few drops of oil on the charcoal. The charcoal would begin to smoke.

smoked charcoal with oil dripping on it and sides placed close to the roasted eggplant in a steel plate

5. As soon as smoke begins to release from the charcoal, cover the entire plate tightly with a large bowl. Allow the charcoal smoke to get infused in the eggplant for 1 to 1.5 minutes. I just keep for a minute.

Alternatively, you can also do this dhungar method once the baingan bharta is cooked.

roasted baingan and smoked charcoal covered with a steel bowl

6. Now whether you have smoked the eggplant with charcoal or not, let it cool at room temperature. When cooled, peel the charred skin from the eggplant. You can rinse the eggplant in water if you prefer.

You can also scoop the eggplant flesh with a spoon instead of peeling the charred skin.

eggplant after charcoal smoking it on the steel plate

7. Chop the cooked eggplant. The water that you see are the juices of the roasted eggplant. If you see plenty of seeds in the cooked eggplant, then remove and discard them.

chop fire roasted eggplant

Making Baingan ka Bharta

8. In a kadai or pan or skillet heat 2 tablespoons oil. You can use peanut oil or sunflower oil or mustard oil. Sometimes I make the bharta in mustard oil which gives the dish its unique pungent taste.

Then add finely chopped 1 medium-sized onion (about ½ cup finely chopped onion). Also, add finely chopped 5 to 6 medium garlic cloves (about 1 heaped teaspoon of finely chopped garlic).

onions and garlic in a pan

9. Sauté the onions till they soften and turn translucent, stirring often. Don’t brown them.

onions being sautéed to make baingan bharta

10. Add 1 chopped green chili (about ½ teaspoon of chopped green chillies) and mix. At this point you can add a pinch of asafoetida (hing), if you prefer. But if you follow a gluten-free diet, omit adding the asafoetida.

chopped green chillies and asafoetida on the sautéed onions

11. Add finely chopped 2 medium to large tomatoes (about 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes). Mix very well.

chopped tomatoes in the pan

12. Sauté the tomatoes until the oil starts separating from the mixture. You have to keep on stirring often when sautéing tomatoes.

The tomatoes have to become softened, pulpy and you should see oil releasing from the sides.

tomatoes cooked in the pan

13. Now add ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne. Stir and mix well.

red chilli powder sprinkled on the softened tomatoes

14. Add the chopped or mashed eggplant.

chopped cooked eggplant on the tomatoes in the pan

15. Combine, stir and mix the mashed eggplant very well with the onion-tomato masala mixture. Season with salt as per taste.

salt sprinkled on the baingan bharta mixture

17. Sauté baingan bharta stirring often for about 4 to 5 minutes on low to medium-low heat.

baingan bharta being sauteed

18. The baingan bharta is ready. Finally stir in 1 tablespoon coriander leaves or garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

chopped coriander leaves on baingan bharta

Serving Suggestions

Serve baingan ka bharta with phulka or chapati or paratha. It goes well even with bread, toasted or grilled bread and plain steamed rice or jeera rice.

You can also serve it as a side veggie dish with any North Indian meal.

overhead shot of baingan bharta in a white bowl

Expert Tips for Best Baingan Bharta

Picking up the right type of eggplant

The brinjal that is used to make bharta is the large dark purple variety of brinjal. This brinjal has more flesh and fewer seeds. Try to get an eggplant which is large and with a smooth skin.

The eggplant should feel light in your hands. Lightweight brinjal will have fewer seeds as compared to a heavy brinjal which will have ripe seeds and this may spoil the taste of the bhartha.

Secondly also check that there is no crack or hole in the skin. This would mean that some worm has gone inside the baingan.

Fire roasting eggplant

Roasting eggplant in a direct flame gives a really good smoky aroma and taste to the bharta. While roasting, keep on turning the brinjal after some minutes. This will ensure that the eggplant is cooked properly.

To check if the eggplant is cooked properly or not, pierce a knife or fork through it from a couple of sides. If it slides smoothly without any resistance, the eggplant is cooked well.

Best way to roast eggplant

  1. Firstly rinse eggplant with water and pat dry. Keep the stem as with the help of the stem you can turn the eggplant.
  2. Then give a cross slit from the bottom to the top and check for worms. Now you can roast the eggplant in direct flame.
  3. Keep flame to medium or medium-low. Take care while turning the eggplant. Use tongs to turn over the eggplant. Be careful while roasting.
  4. Turn the eggplant after every 2 to 3 minutes on the flame, so that its evenly cooked.
  5. Spread some oil on the eggplant before roasting. You can even skip this step.
  6. Optionally, embed a few garlic cloves in the eggplant before roasting for more flavors.

Roasting eggplant in the oven

For roasting eggplant in an oven, preheat oven at 180 degrees celsius for 10 minutes. Rinse and then cut into two parts vertically or quarter the eggplant. You can even keep the eggplant whole if you want.

If keeping whole, then give some slits on the eggplant with a knife. Line an aluminium foil or parchment on a baking tray. You can also spread some oil on the eggplant pieces. Place the chopped side of the eggplant facing down and touching the parchment or foil.

Keep the tray in the center of your oven or near the top heating element. At 180 Degrees celsius bake or roast eggplant for 25 to 35 minutes or more time till the pulp has become mushy and smooth.

Then later cool the eggplant and peel. Mash and use in the recipe. Do note that you won’t get the smoky aroma when roasting eggplant in an oven.

Cooking eggplant in a pan

For cooking on stove-top, add the chopped eggplants in a pan. Add water just about covering the eggplants. Cover and cook till the eggplant pieces have softened.

Then drain all the water very well and mash the cooked eggplant. You can also add a bit of salt when cooking the eggplant pieces. Also do note that cooking eggplant in water won’t give it any smoky aroma and flavor.

Checking for worms

Sometimes even despite your best efforts and intention, you may find a worm in the eggplant after roasting. If this happens, then discard the entire pulp and begin again.

To avoid this happening, you can also give a slit on the eggplant before roasting and check as I have shown above in the stepwise photo guide. But here too you can miss the worm if it is hidden in someplace not visible to the eye.

An alternative method is to chop the eggplants and roast them in an oven or cook eggplant pieces with some water in a pan. Mash later and make the bharta.

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overhead shot of baingan bharta in a blue rimmed white bowl

Baingan Bharta

Baingan bharta is a popular Punjabi dish from the North Indian cuisine. It is made with a mash of fire-roasted eggplant, onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices. I share a simply delicious family heirloom recipe which you will love.
4.85 from 58 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Indian, Punjabi
Course Side Dish
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 2


  • 1 eggplant – large purple variety known as bhartha baingan in India (aubergine or brinjal)
  • ½ cup finely chopped onions or 1 medium sized onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes or 2 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 heaped teaspoon finely chopped garlic or 5 to 6 medium-sized garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon chopped green chiles or serrano peppers or 1 green chilli
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne or add as required
  • 2 tablespoons oil – can use mustard oil or peanut oil or sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • salt as required


Roasting Eggplant

  • Rinse the eggplant in water and then pat dry with a kitchen napkin. Cut the eggplant from its base up-to an inch away from the stem without breaking it apart.
  • Cut on four sides or directions as shown in the step-by-step guide above. The eggplant has to be whole when you place it on the stove-top.
  • Pull apart the cut sides gently and check for worms or any black spots. Discard the eggplant if you see any worms in it.
  • If the eggplant looks clean and without worms, then proceed further. Optionally you can spread a light layer of oil all over it.
  • Keep it for roasting on direct flame on the stove-top. Keep the flame to medium-low or medium.
  • Note that as the eggplant cooks some of the juices and drippings will fall which you can wipe later. I don’t recommend placing or covering the sides of the stove-top burner with aluminum foil as they can burn and be dangerous.
  • You can also grill the eggplant in the oven. But then do note that you won’t get the smoky flavor in the eggplant.
  • Secure the eggplant between tongs and keep on turning it after 2 to 3 minutes on the flame, so that it is evenly cooked.
  • Roast the eggplant till its completely cooked and tender. With a fork or knife check the doneness. The knife should slide easily in aubergine without any resistance. Remove the eggplant and immerse in a bowl of water till it cools.

Smoking Eggplant (Optional Step)

  • You can also do the dhungar technique of infusing charcoal smoky flavor in the eggplant. This is an optional step. Use natural charcoal for this method. Carefully heat a small piece of charcoal on flame with the help of tongs or by placing it in a wired metal fire-proof rack above the flame, till it becomes smoking hot and red.
  • Make small cuts on the roasted eggplant with a knife. Place the red hot charcoal in the same plate where the roasted aubergine is kept. Add a few drops of oil on the charcoal. The charcoal would begin to smoke.
  • As soon as smoke begins to release from the charcoal, cover the entire plate tightly with a large bowl. Allow the charcoal smoke to get infused for 1 to 1.5 minutes.
  • Alternatively, you can also do this dhungar method once the baingan bharta is cooked, just like the way we do for dal tadka.
  • Whether you have charcoal smoked the eggplant or not, peel the charred skin when it cools. Chop finely or you can even mash it.

Making Baingan ka Bharta

  • In a kadai or frying pan or skillet, heat oil. Then add finely chopped onions and garlic.
  • Stirring often, sauté the onions till they soften and translucent. Don't brown them.
  • Add chopped green chillies and chopped tomatoes. Mix well.
  • Sauté the tomatoes stirring often, till the oil starts separating from the mixture. The tomatoes should become pulpy, soft and oil should release from the masala mixture. 
  • Now add the red chili powder. Stir and mix again.
  • Add the chopped or mashed eggplant. Mix thoroughly.
  • Season with salt. Stirring often saute for some 4 to 5 minutes on low to medium-low heat.
  • Finally stir in the coriander leaves or garnish bharta with them. Serve baingan bharta with phulka, roti or chapati. It goes well even with bread, toasted or grilled bread and plain rice or jeera rice.
  • You can also pair it with any North Indian meal or mains.


  • Use the purple-colored large variety of eggplant having fewer seeds. When you hold the eggplant it should feel light. This is a sign that it has fewer seeds.
  • To get the smoky flavor in the dish roast the eggplant on stovetop and not in the oven.
  • Dhungar method is optional and increases the smokiness in the dish. But even without using the dhungar technique, the baingan bharta will still taste fabulous.
  • Recipe can be doubled or tripled. When roasting more eggplants use the different burners of your stovetop.
  • Mustard oil gives a really good taste and flavor. If you don’t like mustard oil then you can use any neutral oil. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Baingan Bharta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Sodium 672mg29%
Potassium 795mg23%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 762IU15%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2mg10%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 15µg14%
Calcium 52mg5%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 70µg18%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 47mg12%
Phosphorus 97mg10%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Baingan Bharta recipe post from the blog archives (first published in August 2010) has been updated and republished on 24 June 2021.

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  1. Hello,
    Looks delicious😋😋 will definitely make it within few days.
    Thank you for sharing it

  2. Excellent way to teach us ! We could prepare the dish.Really very tasty.5 stars

  3. Hello, can this recipe be made in a ceramic Hobb / grill oven.. I don have a open fire type of stove here. Also, I don wanna miss the smoky flavour. Pls suggest. Thx 🙂

  4. Hey hi,
    I have tried this recipe and it came out very well.few things which i have additionally added is green peas and at the end spring onion which gave very good taste to this recipe.5 stars

    1. its jali which is meant for roasting papad, but can be used to roast any veggie. i got it from reliance superstore. i think its called as papad jali. you can also buy from amazon india.

  5. hi dassana,
    how do you chop onions so finely? i’ve seen this in most of your recipes. do you think onion puree can work in place of finely chopped ones?

    1. ruchi, during my home science training days, they taught us how to chop veggies finely, especially onions. i use a chef’s knife to chop onions finely. i do have a food chopper also, but i do not use it much. avoid making onion puree as they taste won’t be good. but you can mince or grate onions for this recipe.

      1. Grating is a very good suggestion. Great. In fact I am thinking if it can be done for all sabzis where chopped onions are used?5 stars

        1. yes ruchi, you can grate onions and even tomatoes for any sabzi that uses them. thanks ????

  6. Thank you very much. Explained in very simple steps. it was very easy to prepare, Murty5 stars

  7. Have been looking for a perfect, simple and delicious recipe for ages and once I tried this one, I am glad to share that my search has now ended. This is the best baingan ka bharta recipe ever! Thank you.5 stars

    1. Welcome Deepti. Glad to know that you liked the baingan bharta recipe.

  8. Thankyou Dassana for an awesome recipe…my husband loved it sooo much….u r just fab….I have tried ur other recipes too….just loved those too????….ur blog is d besstttt5 stars

  9. Hi Dassana,
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I am Italian, and cooking indian food is always a bit tricky for me, buy my husband loves indian flavours so today I gave it a go. It was amazing, we both loved it! I’m so happy I found your blog and can’t wait to try more of your recipes.5 stars

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    1. Thanks a lot Teju for sharing this positive as well sweet feedback. I am touched and glad to know that blog is helpful. Thanks again for your best wishes. I am not able to write a book due lack of time. hopefully one day it might happen with readers blessings.

  11. Dear Dassana,
    This is such a delicious n easy recipe, the best baingan bharata I’ve made. Hardly any ingredients, still so yummy. For years I tried everyone’s recipe with so many ingredients n gave up making it altogether, however saw it in your site n I trust you, so I did. N it’s fab.

    With the beautiful brinjals here, I used to feel so sad. Then my SIL gave me a Jalgaon Baingan Bharata receipe. Baingan treated like you do sans extras, since I can’t here, in the oven. Then smash chillies(I use 7-8 since we eat too spicy) plus garlic abt 9 cloves or as per taste. Heat oil a little extra ( sometimes I add mustard seeds n curry leaves if I feel like it, not required though) add the chilli garlic paste sauté till light brown n then add the prepared in oven brinjal , season with salt sauté 2 mins. It’s very yummy. But I got bored of this 5 mins cooking receipe!

    Thank you so much you are such an amazing smart cook, I use your website almost everyday but sorry for not writing in earlier. If I write this happens a long post to you!! Because I admire you n your awesome work so much n you share all this awesomeness with us. Grateful once again n stay blessed my only friend in the kitchen!

    1. thank you teju 🙂 after a long time i am reading your comment. hope all is well at your end.

      also thanks for this lovely comment and feedback. i am touched ??

      i have noted down the jalgaon baingan bharta and will try it. thanks for sharing it.

      hugs and tc.

  12. I always follow your recipes and everything comes out perfect my family loves it..I am just 18 year old and cooking is my passion and I learnt many dishes from you thank you so much..4 stars

    1. Welcome Mamta. Nice to know this. Thanks for sharing your positive feedback and kind words.

  13. We Bengalis have a mushy soft corner for this recipe (fondly call it Begun Pora, or burnt brinjal). In an alternate process, I burn the tomatoes and garlic pods too. And then just mix all chopped veggies. There is no saute and oil involved, yielding a healthier and easier preparation. Wish to try this version sometime.4 stars

    1. thanks richa for sharing your version. with roasted tomatoes and garlic, i am sure the baingan bharta must be yum. will try the bengali version also.

  14. Hey thanks for the lovely recipe..!! I prepared it for my brother.. And he loved it so much that he asked me to prepare it for nxt 3 4 days.:-) thank you so much…!!!

  15. I have tried baigan bharta yesterday following your recipe. It comes out delicious. Thanks..5 stars

  16. also a persian married to indian.ur recipes r so cool as we both r vegetarian
    tnx a bunch

  17. Hey I have a little question. Where exactly can you buy those stove racks on which you placed the eggplant for roasting. Keeping it directly on the burner doesn’t cook it evenly.

  18. my husband and I cooked this recipe together! So simple, yet so delicious! thanks so much for posting, you are so very talented5 stars

    1. thankyou for your positive words mansi glad both of you cooking together 🙂 god bless you.

  19. As a southindian I didn’t knw to cook barta..but your post helps me to cook easily..realy thank you.,.

  20. I love ur recipes. All r awsm..thanku so much..m a good cook of my home bcz of you5 stars

  21. Extremely clear, lucid representation.
    I didn’t knew cooking 10 days back but after reading your recipes and trying them at home I have got confidence.
    Baigan bharta and kadhai paneer are the ones which I have tried.

    Thanks dasana amit excellent work !!!5 stars

    1. pleased to know this hejaz 🙂 thankyou so much and you are always welcome.

  22. Whatever I cook, I first consult your website and my dishes come out very lovely! Your website is like a respite to those who love cooking but knows little about the technicalities of cooking. Love ur website. Keep posting new stuffs. My kitchen owes a lot to u 🙂

  23. what variety or type of Brinjal is to be used for Bartha. we do similar to bartha but simpler. roast red chilly,urad dal and mustard and make chutney out of this and roasted and peeled brinjal (with salt). can be used for mixing with cooked rice.

    1. its the large purple colored brinjal. there are no lines or streaks in it. its just one colored. they have less seeds as compared to the smaller or medium sized brinjals. thanks for sharing this variation.

      1. Hey..hii..I cooked baingan bharta last night for dinner….. It was so tempting n yummy……thanks…

  24. very nice nd easy way… I thought it was a very difficult dish to prepare.. Thanks

  25. Hello Dassana
    Very nice recipe. I also cook the same way except I add ginger, turmeric and garam masala to this recipe. Next time I will try your recipe. Just a question dear if we don’t do dhungar method will we still get smoky flavor by roasting on wire rack, please advise, thanks

    1. welcome simmi. if you are not using an electric coil burner then you will get smoky flavor.

  26. Hi Dassana.. I am a regular visitor of your blog and have tried a number of your recipes and they have all come out really nice. I love the way you describe each step to perfection. I will try the baigan bharta today. I have an electric cook top so I am thinking I will roast the baigan on a tava. Hopefully, it will turn out fine. Keep up the amazing work.

    1. thanks saumya for this lovely feedback. if you have an oven or grill, then i would suggest to roast the baingan in the oven or grill. roasting on tava will take a lot of time.

      1. I tried the tava yesterday and it came out really well. Do you know temperature setting should be used for the oven and ideally how much time should it take?

        1. fine saumya and thanks for letting me know. you can bake at 180 degrees celsius/350 degrees fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes. you can even slice them in halves and then bake.

  27. Tried your recipe for my wife today. She loved it. Thank you for the recipes. Keep up the great work… Cheers..5 stars

    1. welcome madhan. good to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback.

  28. Hi dassana,

    I don’t have a gas stove, I have an electric coil stove. How can I still roast the eggplant ?
    Can I use the oven ?


  29. HI dassana
    i tried your rajma and it came out superb. thanks. now in this baingan i hav a doubt as to y u r not adding ginger then finally garam masal powder to garnish. will it change taste.


    1. this is how we make it home. here its the garlic which gives a lot of flavor. i have also made the bharta with ginger and garam masala powder. if you want you can add both.

  30. hi i enjoyed reading these recipes and i wrote notes and i will try them this weekend! my grandparents were from India, and i live in Trinidad, some of the seeds and ingredients are not readily available here though. if i add tamarind to the south indian peas and mushroom curry will it change the taste?5 stars

    1. thanks tricia. glad to know this. yes, adding tamarind will change the taste.

  31. hi dassana,
    have been a reg visitor at ur blog n love it for its simplicity and uniqueness. All recipies tried till now hv come out great. Appreciate your patience and passion. Your love for cooking is very obvious! Great Going 4 stars

  32. Perfect recipe
    I just add boiled peas along with tomatoes and mash them
    It gives slight but natural sweetness and is awesome

    1. thanks apeksha for sharing your variation and giving positive feedback on baingan bharta.

  33. To impress my father in law is very tough. BT when I made did delicious bharta he liked it very much… Thank u…

    1. welcome nikita. glad to know this. that means baingan bharta recipe is a hit at your home.

  34. Hi,

    thnks for ur recipe…i tried today in my kitchen and it was very good…i love ur site now.

    i used to ask this cooking tips from mommy but i have got a new coach …

    thnks again.4 stars

  35. Hi,

    i have made baigan ka bharta in ur style and its really good..ihave found new cook coach in u

    thanks.5 stars

    1. welcome anju. keep visiting the site to check more recipes. happy cooking.

  36. Enjoying your recipes immensely .you radiate something positive in your
    Pics and details .
    Especially the punjabi style ones .learning from you with great
    Enthusiasm .the rajjamah never tasted so good
    Trying baigan bhartha today .
    Admire your ideas .Very simple menus I think
    With another snow storm coming
    Baigan bhartha better cut the. mustard ( so to speak ) .wishing you a healthy year ahead
    And many far away followers like me .can u do a book too ? Sending warm wishes

    1. thanks reena for all your motivating comments. i am a positive person and it comes very naturally to me. so that reflects in my pics too. not yet working on any book. but i do hope it happens one day. warm wishes and regards to you too.

  37. Yesterday I bought a sieve specifically designed to roast baigan. And it is amazing. My stove is not at all spoiled. You should try it once. Its basically a big flat sieve with a handle. Thought of sharing it with you. 🙂

      1. I’d like to find a grate like exactly like yours to use on my gas stove. Do you know what search term I should use? Stove grate hasn’t turned up anything useful for me besides barbecue grates. Thanks.

        1. thats a papad roasting rack. you will get amazon. such for ‘papad roaster’.

  38. Hey,
    Once again thanks for the recipe. The one thing I really like about your recipes is, “simplicity”. I am not a fan of bay leaf, cardamoms, black cardamoms and cloves and you use it only when necessary. Most of the people are in habit of putting them in each dish. 🙂
    My question here is: How come your gas stove is so clean even after roasting the baigan. Mine gets so spoiled. Is it a trick? 😉

    1. same here garima. i use these spices when necessary, especially black cardamoms. it is not at all clean if you observe carefully 😉
      even now the stove gets messy when i roast the baingan 🙂

  39. Hi dassana,

    I am a big fan of your site.I really looooove cooking.last,week I came across your website.since then I have tried atleast 7 of your recipes which turned out very well.i also strongly beleive that food cooked with love n positive energy has a positive impact .wanted to thank you.keep I m trying baingan bhartha.sure it will taste great!his day!have a wonderful year ahead!

    1. hi lakshmi
      thanks for this motivating comment. i agree with you and believe that our energy state while cooking also affects the food. loving and positive emotions feeds our etheric or second body. for etheric body the nourishment’s are love, creativity, positivity, compassion. so we should always cook food in a positive and loving state.
      wishing you and your family a happy new year.

  40. Hi dassana,
    Am a big fan of yrs…following yr blog since navratras..tried some of d non onion garlic recipes n d fasting .ones…turned out well n then halwa…thanks..thumbs up..keep going girl..

  41. Hi Dassana,

    Back to your website…this time for Baingan Bhartha! One terrific thing about your site is the simplicity of the dishes…be it the number of ingredients or the ease with which the dish can be finished. Had Biriyani Rice (yes! also from ur site :)) and Baingan Bhartha for lunch today! Awesome it was! Thanks again Dassana 🙂

  42. When roasting baigan make small slit and insert garlic cloves and hing. This will add to the flavour to the bhartha.

  43. I never made baingan bharta becuase I thought it was very complicated.But this recipe was simple and very tasty! Thanks! :))

    1. thanks for the tip darshita. even adding garlic chives brings a lot of flavor in baingan bharta.

  44. Hi, I m persian and I got married with punjabi man, Your recepies are very helpfull for me.
    I dont have any Idea ab Indian food, but with the help of your recepies every day I write one of the and cook for my hubby. and he enjoys. Thanks so much

  45. Wow – this is my favorite indian dish… reading this got me excited to make this at home! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

        1. anshuma, we don’t add turmeric to baingan bharta. once i added it and it makes a subtle difference in the taste. but taste buds varies from person to person. so you can give it a try.

        2. i have no idea. there will be charcoal shops in mumbai, but i do not know where.