Baingan Bharta (Roasted Indian Eggplant) Recipe


By Pallavi Sharma

Baingan Bharta is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before (unless, of course, you’ve had baingan bharta). My mother-in-law informed me that baingan (the Hindi word for eggplant) is rumoured to mean “be-gun” or without merit in Hindi. However, according to, eggplant can actually lower cholesterol and prevent cancer. I’m not a fan of grilled, soggy eggplant. So if you think you don’t like eggplant, this recipe might just change your mind. It doesn’t even require Indian spices! And of course, it is a super easy, but taste will taste like you spent hours in the kitchen!

For Pallavi’s full video prep on this dish click here.


1 medium eggplant

1 medium yellow onion diced

2 tomatoes diced

1 cup cilantro diced

1/2 tsp paprika

1 Thai green chili

1/2 tsp salt

2-3 tbsp oil




1. Coat eggplant in a small amount of oil and roast on an open flame until skin turn black and flaky and you see the eggplant “sweat.” If you don’t have gas burner, roast in an oven on medium in middle rack and place above a drip tray.

2. Use a knife and your fingers to remove the skin (discard skin).

3. Use a fork and knife to mash eggplant (if seeds are black, your eggplant might be bad).

4. Add oil to heated pan (medium to medium-hi heat).

5. Add onions and saute until light brown.

6. Add green chilies and saute for 30seconds.

7. Add tomatoes and saute until tomatoes break down.

8. Add salt and paprika and mix.

9. Add eggplant mash and saute for about 5 minutes.

10. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for additional 5 minutes.


More about Pallavi

After spending most of her adult life eating on the run (Pallavi used to manage the GE brand globally), she decided it was time for a change. Becoming a mom made her realize that feeding her family take out was just not an option. A huge fan of the health benefits of Indian food, Pallavi (with the help of her own mom) shares super simple and yummy Indian recipes on her video blog Think Indian food is too difficult to cook? Think again! Join Pallavi and learn how to cook some of the healthiest AND tastiest food on the planet!

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  1. ameeta

    Wow, this is my favorite dish and I never knew it was so easy to make, I always rely on mom 🙂

    Thanks Easy Indian for making a complex cuisine so approachable!!

    • Anjum

      so glad you enjoyed the recipe! thanks for your feedback and taking the time to visit our mirch masala section,

      Anjum Choudhry Nayyar, editor

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