Friday, January 16, 2009

Spicing up the Aubergine

After seeing Gina rave about this eggplant curry quite a few times, I decided I had to give it a shot in my own kitchen. Not having tried it before, I found a few recipes online and adapted them to create my own version... can't say how authentic it was, but I enjoyed it!

Baingan Bharta
Recipe by Shannon, adapted from several sources (see links above)
~2 servings if you include some naan

1 large eggplant, roasted at 450deg and flesh scooped out
1c chopped onion (i had a red one on hand)
2 cloves garlic
1" piece of fresh ginger, grated
1/3 jalapeno, diced
3/4 can diced roasted tomatoes with chilis
1t cumin
1/4t tumeric
1/2t garam masala
dash of cayenne
1/4t coriander
1/4t paprika
1t chili powder
1/2c greek yogurt
, optional

Heat EVOO in pan over medium heat. Add onions and saute until softened. Add ginger, garlic, jalapeno and saute 2-3 min. Add remaining ingredients (except yogurt) and cook maybe 15min. I prepared this ahead of time so I gave it a few days to hang out in the fridge, allowing the flavors to come together.

To serve, I prepared some WW Naan, and then warmed up some of the Baingan Bhartha. The spice level was a bit too much for me, so I topped it with some greek yogurt to cool it off a bit!! And then washed it all down with a glass of milk :)

Apparently, this was the week to make this dish, as it popped up at Serious Eats and then See Jess Run! I really like Jess' addition of chickpeas, I thought of it myself, but finished my last can on the pumpkin hummus.

Have you guys seen the Honest Foods giveaway over at Oh She Glows?? Hurry, it's only open until Saturday!


LizNoVeggieGirl said...


Meg said...

YUM! It all looks really yummy!

Reeni said...

That looks delicious, love the heat. And homemade Naan, yum!!! Thanks for telling us about the giveaway.

Erica said...

mmmm looks great! What are you up to this weekend? Are you a popsicle up there yet?

Annie said...

I've never had it before but it sounds delightful!

Every Gym's Nightmare said...

your pictures have dandruff!!

Kelly Turner

Fitnessista said...

you can't see it, but i'm doing a dance right now :D haha
shan, why aren't you closer to me?! i could be your official taste tester!
it looks incredible and perfect.. sorry the spice level was a little too much for you.
thank you for the wonderful shout out :D

Anonymous said...

I have totally been searching for info and ideas and recipes for Indian food. I just tried it for the first time last week!
Thanks so much for the great recipe!

The Peanut Butter Boy said...

Homemade whole wheat naan has been on my list forever! I gotta make it but I suppose I need to make an Indian dish to go with it...Not a huge eggplant fan but yours does sound pretty good.

Anonymous said...

I have only had eggplant on a few different occasions in my lifetime, but I really liked it! I'm sure I would LOVE it if it was served up with some fresh whole wheat naan. Heaven!!! Fo shizzle ;o)

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Baingan Bharta is definitely one of my all-time fave Indian dishes.

vanillasugarblog said...

Oh I love spicy, so I will treasure this one.
I love Naan and it goes perfectly with this!
This looks so good, I would love this for todays breakfast--LOL!

HEAB said...

Mmmm. Love eggplant. Love Naan. Love Indian. Beautiful dinner!

Sara said...

This sounds great - eggplants have been on sale recently at my grocery store, so I keep buying them. But I'm running out of ideas for cooking them - will try this!

Anonymous said...

Sounds awesome!

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh! i will definitely have to try that recipe! i ADORE indian food, so it sounds absolutely fabulous!

Eggplant is always so intimidating though for me. eeee


Maria said...

I love naan! It all looks so good!


oooo I am going to have to try that!

Heather said...

mmmm. i love the ginger in there! definitely a great twist on the egg plant - looks so delicious!

Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point said...

i have a target running skirt and its awesome (and it was cheap)!!

Emily said...

Mmm, I love eggplant, so I know I would like this.

Anonymous said...

I love eggplant! This dish reminds me of this eggplant ragu I used to have when I was little. I'm sure this tastes nothing like it but this definitely brings up very nice memories. I love how creative your dishes are!

Anonymous said...

So funny that we both made this. I really wish I had whole wheat naan with mine.

pigpigscorner said...

Delicious! I love spicy aubergine.

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