Eggplant Bhartha

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"From our weekday newspaper The West Australian. Times are estimated and have not allowed for overnight refrigeration of the turmeric yoghurt or the 4 to 5 hours resting time for the charred eggplant."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (328 g)
  • Calories 163.3
  • Total Fat - 6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 26.5 mg
  • Sodium - 381.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 18.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.3 g
  • Sugars - 9.4 g
  • Protein - 11.8 g
  • Calcium - 76.7 mg
  • Iron - 4.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 18.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Roast the whole eggplant on a medium-high flame until completely charred, smoky and cooked (about 18 to 20 minutes) and carefully transfer eggplant in a ceramic or steel container and quickly cover with foil and place the lid on top to infuse the smoke and Keep aside for 4 to 5 hours.

Step 2

Peel the skin off the eggplant and chop coarsely.

Step 3

To make turmeric yoghurt, gently mix yoghurt and grated turmeric, place the mix in muslin cloth and hang overnight in the fridge and place a small container under the catch the shey.

Step 4

To make the masala - in a heavy-based pan, heat oil, then add cumin seeds and when crackling add garlic and when aromatic add onions and sautee on medium heat until soft.

Step 5

Add diced tomatoes and cook till soft and then add all the spices, a couple spoons of water, tomato paste and salt and cook for 7 to 8 minutes on medium heat until masala is soft, deep orange and glossy.

Step 6

Now, add chopped eggplant and fold with the masala to heat it through and adjust the seasoning mix in the peas, cherry tomatoes, knob of butter and coriander.

Step 7

Serve with a dollop of turmeric yoghurt and charred chilli and diced spring onion on top.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.