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Vegan Eggplant Baigan Ka Bharta

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Vegan Eggplant Baigan Ka Bharta

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Vegan Baigan Ka Bharta is a mashed and Indian spiced eggplant dish, to be eaten with rice or Indian breads. I find that even people who think they don't like eggplant really like this flavorful Indian dish, so don't hesitate to give it a try. This vegetarian Indian recipe is also vegan. Baigan ka bharta, also sometimes spelled "baingan ka bjarta" is an Indian Punjabi favorite.

See also: More vegetarian Indian food recipes


  • 2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil. divided
  • 2 eggplants, sliced in half
  • 1/3 tsp mustard seed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 green chilies, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp mango powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala (a mixture of curry, cumin and coriander can make a reasonable substitute)
  • dash salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice


Drizzle the eggplants with one tablespoon olive oil and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until soft. Cool and remove peels. Mash or blend until smooth.

In the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil, heat the mustard seeds, bay leaves, chilies, ginger and onions for a few minutes.

Add the eggplant and remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Allow to cook for at least 6 to 8 more minutes.

Serve hot with rice or Indian bread.

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 4 out of 5
Baingan ka bhartha, Member PearlyKam

The name of this recipe is unsual. I tried it today and it tasted very good. Apart from the ingredients I added some sour cream, and green peas suggested by one rewiewer.

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