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Bharwa Baingan

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Dry spices
9-10 small eggplants
2 tbsp chana dal/bengal gram lentils
2 tbsp peanuts
1 tbsp fennel seeds powder
1 tbsp cumin seeds powder
1/4 tbsp amchur powder
1 ½ tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tbsp garam masala powder
1 tsp degi mirch/red chili powder
1 tsp turmeric/haldi
salt to taste
tbsp mustard oil
tbsp oil
Gravy Ingredients
2 medium sized tomatoes – chopped
1 pinch of asafetida
tsp cumin seeds

Nutritional information

340.34 g
65.91 g
94.49 g
410 mg
0 mg

Bharwa Baingan

  • Veg
  • 35 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy


  • Dry spices

  • Gravy Ingredients

How to make Bharwa Baingan

  • Dry roast chana dal and peanuts at a medium low temperature.
    • Continue until the dal and peanuts turn slightly brown in color, about 2-4 minutes.
    • cook until you could smell the aroma.
      • Note: Be careful not to burn them or they’ll taste bitter.
    • Maintain the heat at the lowest setting.
    • Allow the chana dal to cool completely.
  • Transfer the chana to a grinder.
    • Grind into powder.
  • Combine rest of the dry spices in a bowl along with the powdered chana mix.
    • Add oil and mix well.
    • Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Wash and clean the eggplants.
  • Carefully make a cross (x) cut in all the eggplants.
    • Note: Make sure not to cut through.
  • Stuff the eggplants with the dry mix.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
    • Add cumin seeds and hing and cook until they begin to crackle.
    • Add stuffed eggplants.
    • Cover the pan and let it cook.
    • Regularly check on the eggplants while flipping them in between.
    • Note: About 8 minutes into cooking, eggplants will become soft.
  • Add the tomatoes and dry peanut-dal masala.
  • Add the green chilies and water.
  • Mix thoroughly, cover, and cook until the eggplant is cooked through completely.
    • Toss and turn eggplants carefully every 3-4 minutes.
  • Check if the eggplant is cooked using a paring knife.
    • Note: If the knife slides smoothly through the eggplant, it’s done.
  • Adjust seasonings and add chopped cilantro leaves.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!


Eggplants are not vegetables; they are berries.

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