Baigan Chokha aka Baigan bharta is smoked brinjal/eggplant mash. Made by grilling brinjal and tomatoes, the smokey flavour imparts distinctive flavour and irresistible taste to the preparation.
Bharta or Chokha is mainly a preparation in which the vegetables are mashed along with other spices. Apart from Baigan Chokha, Aloo Chokha is also quite popular and is mostly eaten with rice. You can also serve it as a dip alongside chips. The possibilities are endless. This version of Baigan Chokha is particularly enjoyed with Litti but it goes well with rice as well as phulkas. In case if you’re wondering, what exactly is Litti? It is whole wheat dough stuffed with Sattu mixture and baked.
It’s extremely easy to make these and it requires use of minimal ingredients. To add to it, this is a no cook version except for the grilling of brinjal and tomatoes.
Brinjal- 1 (large, purple ones)
Tomato- 1 (medium)
Onion- 1 (medium, chopped)
Garlic Cloves- 5-6
Green Chilies-2-3(adjust according to taste
Coriander Leaves- few sprigs, Chopped
Mustard Oil- 1 tspn
Salt- to taste
- Slit brinjal till midway & insert garlic cloves in between. Slit tomato as well & roast on direct flame until it is cooked through & all sides are charred . You can use grill also.
- Remove from flame once done and let it cool. Peel off the charred portion.
- Mash it lightly, then transfer brinjal, garlic cloves & tomato in the blender. Just blend once, the attempt is to let it become runny but not to much.
- Chop onion, remaining garlic, green chilies & coriander leaves.
- Mix everything to the mash. Add mustard oil & salt and mix it well.
- Serve with Litti, phulka or even rice.
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