Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bharwan Baigan with a Twist!

A lot of thought went into naming this blog and between I & Hubby we came up with the weirdest names.

Hum Aapke Hain Cook!
Main Cook Kiya!
Maine Cook kYUN Kiya!
Aaja Khaale!
Bana Le Khaa le!
We had a good laugh at it and ultimately were back to square one. I had initially named it as “In Love With Food” but were not happy with the insipid name. I wanted something quirky and thus came up with this. Hope you like and in case you don’t I am sure you will get used to it ;)
So here I am with the first recipe for this blog. Will try to move some old recipes lying in the other blog here as & when I get time. Also ignore the photo quality, I am hoping that the quality will improve with time and a little later the pictures themselves will tempt you to cook the dish immediately.
Bharwan Baigan with a twist (Stuffed Eggplants)
Twist here is that instead of stuffing the baigan I have tried a shortcut to it.
Serves 4
Small Baigan:                500 gms
Onions:                         4 medium sized
Tomatoes:                     2 medium sized
Garlic:                           6 Cloves
Ginger:                          1 inch piece
Red Chilli Powder:         1/2 Teaspoon (increase the qtty if you like your food spicy)
Dhaniya Powder:            2
Turmeric Powder:          1 & ½ Teaspoon
Salt:                              To taste
Garam Masala Powder:   1 & ½ teaspoon
Cilantro leaves:             1 Tablespoon (for garnishing)
Oil:                               2 Tablespoon
Put the onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic & all the spices besides Garam Masala in the mixer grinder and make a fine paste. It is said that the finer the paste the faster it cooks.
Pour the oil in a kadhai and once it heats up put the Masala in it, cover the lid and leave the gas at high. Cook it that ways for 5-10 mins.

In the meanwhile wash the baigans and slit them in a manner that there is a cross at the end. See the picture for better understanding. Once they are ready open the lid of the kadhai, stir the masala and add the baigans in it.

Cover it again and put the gas at medium flame, keep stirring the masala every 5-20 minutes to ensure that it doesn’t stick to the vessel. Usually we first let the masala cook and then put the vegetables but in this case we put it all together because it speeds up the process. Add a little water if you feel that it is sticking to the vessel. 

The baigans will take some 15-20 minutes to cook and by that time even the masala would be cooked. When the oil separates from the masala, it is deemed to be cooked. Add a little water, garam masala, garnish it with cilantro leaves and serves it hot paratha’s and green chutney.


  1. Congratulations on your new Food Blog! I quite liked the blog name. And the earlier ones are simply hilarious! Bana Le Kha Le... super like! :D
    Nice recipe... will try it! :)

    1. Yay!!! First comment on my brand new blog!!!!
      Thanks for taking time to comment here :)

  2. Love the name of your new venture. Not a fan of eggplant but the photos look yummy!!

  3. Woo yum! Congrats on the new blog :)

  4. Congrats Smita!!! Loved the name.... Keep updating...

  5. looks yummm will try it out :)

  6. All the blog names looks to be inspired from Salman Khan movie name..

  7. Baingain is one veggie I cannot get the kids to like so have to disguise it in a tomato sauce in a pasta dish.

  8. yet another way.. instead of stuffing, cook brinjal in masala.. end result looking like stuffed one.. nice method.. :).

    1. tried it.. but masala didn't get properly incorporated in brinjal.. they were left separate only.. any tips??

  9. Love the name. :) Will definitely try this soon. Kids love baingan. :)

  10. I love baingans and this is my absolute favorite.
    Waiting for more recipes :)

  11. Let me tell you what I like about the post.. the step by step pictures.. it is a saving grace when you are trying the recipe for first time :) All the luck for this new blog :)