Baingan Bharta

Baingan bharta is a popular Indian dish of smoked mashed eggplant seasoned with onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and an array of whole spices for deep flavor.

Baingan Bharta

  • Servings: 4 servings

It can be made vegan by omitting the yogurt. This smoky eggplant mash is delicious with naan or rice. Grilling or broiling the eggplant gives it a delicious charred flavor.


  • 1 medium-sized eggplant, roasted and peeled
  • 2 tbsp. ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1-2 tsp. hot green chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 tsp yellow asafetida powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. chopped mint (optional)
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala
  • sprinkle smoked salt


  • Coarsely chop the eggplant pulp.
  • Heat the oil or ghee in a a nonstick pan over medium heat. When hot, add asafetida, chiles, and cumin seeds and fry until seeds darken.
  • Add the eggplant, ground coriander and salt, and cook until dry and thick, stirring occasionally, approx. 10 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Stir in fresh herbs, yogurt and garam masala and smoked salt. This is best served lukewarm.