Baingan Da Bhurta is a traditional Punjabi dish and an excellent way of cooking the baingan or aubergines or eggplants. Bhurtha means Mash, hence baingan da bhurtha means mashed eggplants seasoned with Indian spices. Baingan da bhurtha also commonly known as the eggplant curry is very popular in India. In this dish, the eggplant is roasted directly on the fire (traditionally done) and almost charred to black color. The skin of the eggplant burned thoroughly so that it gives an amazing smoky flavor to the dish. After roasting, the eggplant is mashed and added to the onion and tomato mixture curry along with aromatic spices.
This dish includes quite a lot of spices as it is hot but when you eat, the sweetness of the eggplant can be felt in your taste buds which would keep the spiciness on par. Baingan da bhartha almost looks like a south Indian freshly made chutney that has a smooth, soft and nice texture which is appetizing and tempting. It goes exceptionally well with any sort of roti, paratha or naan.
Brinjal the Shahenshah (King) of vegetables is a very versatile veggie which can be cooked in various ways. Brinjal or Eggplant is a popular vegetable crop of southern states in India and is also cultivated in certain parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari in India, Vankaya or Brinjal is very popular and is prepared in different styles to suit the regional culture and taste. When the eggplant is fresh, its flavor is delicately sweet. This is ideal for stuffing, sauteing, baking, and grilling. It is known for its fleshy, meaty texture. If you look closely at the inside of an eggplant, you'll notice it has many tiny, soft seeds. The seeds are edible, but they tend to have a bitter taste. Choose only those eggplants (brinjal) which have smooth and glossy skin. The color, no matter what you buy, should be very vibrant. An eggplant that's discolored or has scars and bruises isn't a good option. It shows that the flesh inside the eggplant is damaged or perhaps rotting. Some yummy recipes made by this veggie are Brinjal curry, Brinjal fry, Brinjal Bajji, eggplant chutney, Stuffed eggplant, Crispy brinjal, Brinjal rasavangi, etc.
The taste and flavor of baingan da bhartha is truly tantalizing and one would not stop from licking their fingers while eating this dish.