Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Baingan And Elephant Garlic Bharta - Eggplant and Elephant Garlic In Gravy


We arrived at Portland right on time for the 19th annual Elephant Garlic Festival!
 As the name indicates Elephant garlic is enormous in size. Unlike normal garlic, it has a mild and sweet flavour but possesses the same antibacterial properties as the normal garlic does. Each clove is fleshy and  is  as big as a medium size onion. It can be chopped and used like any other vegetable in soups, kozhambus, rasam, gravies and salads. 
Though we had already enjoyed the festival during our last trip, visiting the Garlic mela once again was really an exciting experience.
Garlic ice cream, garlic lemonade, garlic pizza, garlicky  popcorn and more garlic snacks were selling like hot cakes at the food stalls!
After having a gala 'all garlic snack time' at the Elephant Garlic Festival my taste buds started to crave for something spicy, tangy and salty! We had picked up four huge Elephant Garlic bulbs at the festival and there was a huge eggplant tucked away in the refrigerator at home. That was enough to trigger off my enthusiasm to prepare Baingan and Elephant Garlic Bharta for dinner! I was not brave enough to use more than three cloves of Elephant Garlic in this attempt! After tasting the Bharta I realized that more cloves would not have harmed in any way!

Grilling is the first and best option to cook eggplant for bharta. But I chose to microwave it this time.

Elephant garlic cloves ( Peeled ) - 3
Eggplant - 1 (huge)
Onion - 1 (huge)
Tomatoes - 3 (huge)
Ginger (Grated)- 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Sambar powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 pinch
Sesame oil - 2 tbsps
Coriander leaves - for garnishing
1. Wash,wipe and cut eggplant into thick slices.
2. Place the sliced pieces in a microwave safe dish and microwave for three or four minutes  till they are half done.
3. Place the peeled cloves of Elephant Garlic in the same dish and microwave for another four minutes till the eggplant becomes soft and mashable. Let it cool.

4. Peel the skin of the cooked eggplant and mash the pulp using the back of the ladle and keep it aside.
5. Mince onion, grate the ginger and cut tomatoes into small pieces.
6. Heat oil in a pan and splutter cumin seeds.
7. Add the minced onion, ginger and the microwaved Elephant garlic cloves.

8. Saute till the onions turn golden in colour and then add the tomatoes, salt and sambar powder.
9. Cover and cook on medium flame, stirring now and then till the tomatoes turn mushy and  the oil separates.
10. Add the mashed eggplant and garam masala powder and cook till all the ingredients blend well.

11. Add water if the bharta is too thick and simmer for 2 or 3 more minutes.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and enjoy the Baingan And Elephant Garlic Bharta with rotis or rice.

3 Post your Comments:

Unknown said...

The recipes looks good. I am going to cook this recipe maybe in the next week. Keep posting if you have any other recipes. Thanks

Sathish Rahul said...

Looks tasty. Will it be good to eat the next day if we keep it in the refrigerator. Or has to be finished on the same day. We have people at our home who work at different timings and different shift. Will be going to make this recipe on Sunday. Thanks for posting the recipe. Lenovo Laptop Service Centers in Chennai

Chitra Amma's Kitchen said...

Dear Sathish Rahul,
Thank you for your interest in my recipe.Hope your Baingan Bharta turned out well. I suggest you store it for not more than 2 days in the refrigerator. Any onion and garlic based dish tends to go stale after a certain period of time even when refrigerated.Take out only the required quantity for reheating and leave the rest in the refrigerator. Heating too many times will destroy the nutrients as well as the flavour.
Happy cooking!