Baingan ka bharta

Baingan ka bharta

Once you try this incredible Indian roasted eggplant dish, there’s no turning back! It’s your new best low-carb friend you can always count on when it comes to dipping your keto naan into something really delicious.

Baingan ka bharta

Once you try this incredible Indian roasted eggplant dish, there’s no turning back! It’s your new best low-carb friend you can always count on when it comes to dipping your keto naan into something really delicious.
USMetric
3 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 11 oz. 300 g eggplant
  • 2 2 garlic clove, quarteredgarlic cloves, quartered
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 oz. (523 tbsp) 55 g (80 ml) red onionred onions
  • 1 1 green chili pepper, choppedgreen chili peppers, chopped
  • 3 oz. (723 tbsp) 85 g (110 ml) tomato, choppedtomatoes, chopped
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp salt and more to taste
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish
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Instructions

Instructions are for 3 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Make a few small slits in the eggplant and stuff the slits with the garlic cloves.
  2. Roast the eggplant over open flame on the stove (if you have a gas stove) or in the oven, 440 F° (225 C°), for about 15 minutes or until it's soft all the way through. Turn often to make sure it's thoroughly roasted. When it's roasted on all sides, cover with foil and let cool.
  3. When the eggplant has cooled, peel the skin off and chop roughly until you get a mash.
  4. Heat the ghee in a saucepan and add onion. Season with salt. Once the onions are slightly browned, add chopped green chili pepper and chopped tomatoes.
  5. Season with turmeric and chili powder. Cook for 5 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to break down. Add water if needed, but only a little.
  6. Add eggplant mash, season with salt and cook for another 2-3 minutes with the lid on.
  7. Garnish with butter and fresh cilantro.

About this recipe

This recipe is part of a collaboration with Sahil Makhija and it was originally published on his blog Headbanger's Kitchen.

Chef's notes

Sahil recommends to roast the eggplant on the stove instead of in the oven. That particular smoky flavor cannot be obtained by roasting in the oven. However, if you have a coal grill at hand, that is the best way to do it.

No kashmiri red chili pepper?

Try substituting with a 50/50 blend of paprika and cayenne powder.

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14 comments

  1. Una
    Is there a substitute for ghee?
  2. Francoise
    To Una: I would think plain butter
  3. Francoise
    Incan’t wait to try these recipes, especially this eggplant recipe.
  4. Sev.
    Over temperature please?
  5. Andrea
    Absolutely delicious! Thank you!
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  7. elizabeth
    I followed the directions to the letter; 10ounces of eggplant after it was roasted barely made 1 cup of mashed eggplant; with the 3 ounces of tomato cooked down I had exactly 1cup. This is more of a side dish than a meal; it says 3 servings; I had enough for one meal. Had to add some greens to stretch it out. The good note it was tasty.
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  9. Fiona
    I think the aubergine needs a little longer to roast - maybe 30 minutes altogether. I also added the turmeric and some ground coriander to the onions and coconut oil and simmered that for a while. The end result was gorgeous and went beautifully with Keto naans.
  10. Denise
    What would the oven temperature be? I am thinking hot, perhaps 425°?
  11. Dayn
    Loved this recipe! We’re 2 keto freaks and we’re big on eggplants and indian food. Was superbe!
  12. Natalia
    We LOVED it!! I added chunks of beef. Pork might go well with it too
  13. Dave
    I think when you post a recipe like this you should include links to the recipes that would be considered complements to the main recipe. For example, this Baingan really needs some nice naan to go with it. Why not link to a dietdoctor.com naan bread recipe? I know I can search, but it would save time to already have the links handy
    Reply: #15
  14. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I think when you post a recipe like this you should include links to the recipes that would be considered complements to the main recipe. For example, this Baingan really needs some nice naan to go with it. Why not link to a dietdoctor.com naan bread recipe? I know I can search, but it would save time to already have the links handy

    Thanks for your suggestion, Dave! There is actually a link to our naan recipe in the recipe description!

  15. Susan
    Also fabulous with scrambled eggs!
    Reply: #17
  16. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Also fabulous with scrambled eggs!

    Great idea!

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