Naariyal Baingan ka Bharta
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Naariyal Baingan ka Bharta

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Serves 4

This is a South Indian version of the popular North Indian Baingan ka Bharta or Stuffed Brinjal in gravy. Try it, it is really lip-smacking !

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  • 1. Brinjals - 700 g 0 cut off the stalks and slit them in the shape of a cross on top of them, just deep enough for the stuffing to go in, but not deep enough so than it gets cut into four quarters.
  • 2. Fresh Coriander - a bunch of stalks and leaves - weighing about a 100 - 150 g
  • 3. Cherry tomatoes - about 150 0 200 g
  • 4. Green chillies - I use atleast 5 stalks, but this portion can vary depending on the amount of heat one wants in the dish
  • 5. Onions - 1 large or two medium ones
  • 6. Garlic - 12-14 pods
  • 7. Garlic - a 2.5 inch piece
  • 8. Cumin seeds - 1 tspn
  • 9. Cumin powder - 1 1/2 tspn
  • 11. Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tspn
  • 12. Amchoor powder
  • 13. Red Chilli powder
  • 14. Turmeric
  • 15. Salt
  • 16. Sesame Seeds
  • 17. Coconut Cream/Coconut Milk


    1. It sure is a lot of ingredients, but as a first step I put the Coriander, Tomatoes, green chillies, garlic and ginger and the onions in the processor and blitz. This makes whatever is left to do pretty simple.
    2. Now heat oil in a heavy- bottom- pan. This dish would take a little more oil than necessary. So, be careful to not use much oil right now. I use olive oil. Any ordinary vegetable oil may be used.
    3. Wait for the oil to heat up a little, and add the cumin seeds. As soon as they begin to cook/splutter, add the coriander-onion-garlic-etc.. mixture to it.
    4. Let it cook for about 4 min and then add the coriander powder, cumin powder, little salt at this juncture, some turmeric and also a little chilli powder.
    5. Let it cook for another 7 min. Now take it off the stove and let it cool a little, as this is the mixture we would stuff into the brinjals.
    6. I cut my brinjals at this point, soI can also wait for the stuffing to cool.
    7. Now stuff this into brinjals using a spoon, or your hand. place these brinjals in another pan, add required amount of oil and now let the brinjals cook for about 35-40min, till they turn out soft and supple and the coriander gives out a fabulous aroma.
    8. Now add the remaining mixture to the brinjals. Now add the coconut milk/cream, cook for another minute or two.
    9. Check for salt and other ingredients (masalas), add more if necessary.
    10. Garnish with Sesame Seeds and serve hot with rice, paratha or roti !

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