cooking

Baingan Bharta – Punjabi Eggplant

Happy Wednesday all!

Today I will be sharing my recipe on Baingan Bharta, which is roasted mashed eggplants cooked with onions, tomatoes, chillies, and ginger. This delicious roasted mashed eggplant dish is one of the most comforting things to eat along with warm rotis. The mouthwatering smoky flavor that comes from charring the eggplant is what makes this dish so amazing. You can even roast them over coal which brings them to another level! Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Red cayenne pepper
  • Garam Masala
  • Turmeric

Directions:

  1. Wash, pat dry and prick eggplants. Roast them over open flame until the skin starts peeling off and eggplants start to shrink. Continue on all sides until the skin browns. Let them cool in a bowl of water.IMG_0084.JPGIMG_0085.JPGIMG_0086.JPG
  2. Meanwhile, chop the tomato and pulse until smooth or chop finely and set aside.
  3. Remove eggplant skin and mash the pulp.
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  4. In a large skillet over medium high heat, sauté the onions in a splash of oil until they become translucent.
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  5. Add chopped ginger and garlic and continue to cook until browned.
  6. Add red cayenne pepper and the mashed eggplants.
  7. Cook for 10 minutes over medium high heat. Continue to stir.
  8. Add the tomatoes and cook over medium heat for another 10 minutes.IMG_0091.JPG
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  9. Continue to mix and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  10. Plate and serve alongside warm roti!

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Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 2 people.
  • It’s important to char the eggplants thoroughly so the raw flavor doesn’t remain.
  • You can add however much spices you want according to your taste!

Baingan Bharta is so easy to make! It takes no time at all to cook, yet it’s so delicious! Not many ingrediants are needed, however the spices make the dish so flavorful.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

cooking

Aloo Mutter (Potato & Pea Curry)

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week in this scorching weather! Today, I will be making Aloo Mutter, which is an Indian dish. It’s basically Potato and Pea sautéed in a delicious curry base. It’s very simple, requires only 2 main ingredients, and is super tasty. It has the right amount of kick and can be eaten with roti bread, rice, or even just as a soup. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Potatoes
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • Half an onion
  • Peas
  • Turmeric
  • Garam masala powder
  • Red cayenne powder
  • Salt
  • Ginger
  • Garlic

Directions:

  1. First, place both potatoes in a large bowl and fill with water.
  2. Microwave for 5 minutes. Pour out water and set the potatoes aside to cool.
  3. While potatoes are cooling, roughly chop half an onion, some ginger, and garlic. Set aside.
  4. Once potatoes are cooled, peel the potatoes.
  5. Cut the potatoes into bite sized pieces and set aside.
  6. Roughly cut the tomatoes and pulse until it becomes a puree. Set aside.
  7. In a bowl, add as many frozen peas as you’d like and fill with water.
  8. Microwave for 3 minutes. Pour the water out and set the peas aside.
  9. In a large deep skillet or pot, add a little bit of oil and sauté the onions, ginger, and garlic on medium heat until browned.IMG_0128.JPG
  10. Add the tomato puree and simmer for 2 minutes. IMG_0129.JPG
  11. Add at least a spoon of Garam masala, turmeric, a dash of salt, and red cayenne powder according to taste.
  12. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  13. Add the diced potatoes and peas. IMG_0130.JPG
  14. Add about 1.5 cups of water.
  15. Simmer for about 40 minutes until the potatoes are tender and curry thickens.IMG_0131.JPG
  16. Plate and serve alongside with some roti bread and rice!IMG_0133.JPGIMG_0134.JPGIMG_0132.JPG

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 2 people.
  • You can add whatever vegetables you like in the curry, however if you add more than just potatoes and peas, make sure you add an extra amount of water so all of the vegetables cook well.
  • You can add however much spices you want according to your taste!

This recipe is so easy to make! It takes less than 30 minutes to prep the ingrediants and then you let the stove top do all of the cooking! Not many ingrediants are needed, yet it tastes like several ingrediants are incorporated. Aloo Mutter is delicious and perfect for dinner or even lunch.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz