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Awesome aubergines: Baigan Bharta

one of the few forms of brinjals i ate as a kid...well now too, i do not love them in any form...but i do have some of my preferences now, and i do eat it in ways i can enjoy them...baigan bharta is one of the dishes i really like and make well......one of the things i like is roasting the egg plant, the slightly charred taste is something i love....this recipe is a north indian way of making it...

Ingredients: 1 medium sized egg plant  ingredients for basic red gravy
Method: Roast the eggplant over flame, turning it around as it cooks, cook it till tender. Poke knife and see it should go in easily. some juice may drip from eggplant, keep roasting it till completely tender.if you have electric grill, instead of flame gas, you can roast on it too or else, bake it in oven on 375 deg F for 20 min.whatever way you choose, the eggplant should be very tender and knife should be able to pass through it without slightest pressure.once it is done, let it cool.as it cools on other side, start m…

Awesome Aubergines

Aubergines/ Eggplant/brinjal/ringna/vantak/vangi/baigan etc etc....tons of names associated with this one vegetable...... in India specifically gujrati we have different names for different varieties of brinjals....and while the small egg plant in curries is something i do not like, the big one the nice meaty fleshy kind, is one of my favourites...
and here are some of my favourite egg plant recipes....maybe do a series of them, if I am unable to write it today in one post....

baigan bhaja
this is a bengali recipe, my aunt used to make it, my mom learnt from here, and i learnt from them both and added a touch of my own :)....i love it, and I have had people who never eat egg plants, not realize what they are eating and loving it and complementing me for it :)
goes as a nice side dish or even appetizer.....very easy to make

Ingredients:
1 egg plant (the big one...for my indian friends the one we use in baigan bharta)1/2 cup rice flour1/2 tsp turmeric powder2-3 pods garlic (crushed)salt…