Baingan Bharta Recipe

Baingan Bharta Recipe

serves 4 to 5

Shopping List*

  • 1 Baingan Bharta Spice Kit
  • 2 large eggplants
  • 1 small onion
  • 1-inch cube fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tbs butter
  • vegetable oil
  • salt
  • chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

*see Variations below




Preheat oven to 450º. Peel eggplant and cut into 2-inch cubes. Toss with 1 tablespoon oil and ½ teaspoon salt. Roast on baking sheet for 20 to 30 minutes until browned and starting to crisp up, tossing after 15 minutes.


Finely chop onion. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large frying pan on medium.  Add WHOLE SPICES to pan, stir 1 minute, then add onion. Sauté 7 to 10 minutes until lightly browned.


Peel and finely grate ginger and garlic. Add to pan and sauté 1 minute. Add MASALA POWDER, 1 tablespoon butter, and 2 tablspoons water. Sauté 2 minutes.


Mix in tomato sauce and ½ tsp salt. Cover and simmer on low 10 minutes; stir occasionally.


Add roasted eggplant cubes and ¼ to ½ cup warm water. Simmer 2 minutes. Add salt and lime juice to taste, and garnish with cilantro if desired.

Note: Larger whole spices are not meant to be eaten. Remove before serving or instruct diners to avoid/remove while eating.



  • to make vegan, substitute non-dairy spread or vegetable oil for butter
  • for an extra-rich flavor, substitute ghee for butter and/or vegetable oil
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