Baingan ka burtha

Medium-sized brinjal (500 g)  1

Medium-sized onion 2

Medium-sized tomatoes 2

Green chili 1 (slit)

Grated ginger 1 tsp

Chili powder 1 tsp

Dhaniya powder 1 tsp

Salt 1 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

oil 2 or 3 tbsp

Finely chopped green  coriander 2 tbsp

Wash and dry the brinjal by wiping with a cloth and brush the skin with a spoon of oil. Grill the brinjal on a flame or hot plate till it softens and the skin cracks. Cool the brinjal and remove the skin. Wash the sticking pieces in cold water. Mash the brinjal in a bowl to get a nice silky pulp.

Chop the onions fine and keep the chopped tomatoes also ready.

Heat oil in a wok and temper with cumin seeds. When the seeds splutter add the onions till the color changes and gets translucent. Add the slit chili and the spice: turmeric powder, dhaniya powder and chili powder and saute for a minute. Add the grated ginger and chopped tomatoes and cook till pulpy. Add the mashed brinjal pulp, salt and mix till it is evenly done.

Remove from fire and garnish with coriander leaves.

Cook’s Note: You can add crumbled paneer,  mashed potato, boiled green peas or cooked corn to enhance the taste and for a variation 🙂

Aloo Palya (4 servings)

Goes well with puris or chapathis

Boiled potatos 1/2 kg

2 large onions

2 tsp grated ginger or 1 tsp ginger paste

2 green chilies (slit)

2 large tomatos cut finely

3 tsp finely cut coriander leaves

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp red chili powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp jeera powder

1 tsp jeera seeds (cumin)

1¼ tsp salt

1½ tbsp oil

1 tbsp besan  made into a paste in 2 tbsp water

Peel the boiled potatos and crumble them to give coarse pieces.

Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. When they start spluttering, add the finely cut onion and saute. When the color starts changing, add the chilies and ginger and saute again for a minute or so. Add the masala ingredients: turmeric powder, jeera powder, dhania powder, chili powder and mix well.

Add the tomatos and salt and saute till the tomatos are cooked. Add tthe besan paste and cook for a minute before adding a little water (1/2 cup) to the mix. Add the  mashed potato and stir well.Allow to cook for five minutes on low flame and garnish with coriander leaves.