Eggplant, aubergine or baingan is a low on calorie and nutrient-dense vegetable that is used in a variety of everyday Indian dishes such as baingan ka bharta, baingan masala and vangi bhaat. The unique taste and texture makes it a versatile vegetable that adds a whole lot of colour, taste and nutrition to your plate. It is also great for weight loss, managing diabetes and improving cardiovascular health.
Versatility of baingan is best showcased in the variety of techniques used to cook the purple veggie. Bake it, broil it, steam it, grill it; eggplant tastes delicious irrespective of the method. If you’re looking for inspiration to up the ante with aubergine, here’s list of classic recipes that you can add to your repertoire.
This classic Punjabi dish is a comfort food for many. The smoky texture and flavour of roasted baingan further cooked with onions, tomatoes and spices will guarantee that it becomes your all-time favourite dish. It teams well with rotis like missi roti, tandoori roti or moghlai roti.
Baingan masala is yet another eggplant dish where the vegetable is stuffed and served with a rich thick gravy. Serve with a helping of plain steamed rice when you are feeling homesick. This recipe will help you make this dish without too much masala; peanuts, sesame paste and coconut used in this recipe adds a very distinct taste and enhances the flavour of baingan. Another bonus point is that you can prepare this lip-smacking dish in less than 30 minutes!
Baingan or Begun bhaja is an evergreen Bengali snack loved by one and all! Thick slices of eggplants are marinated in spices, coated with rice flour and shallow fried to serve as a side dish with simple rice and dal. The savouriness and crispiness makes it a perfect indulgence. You can also serve it as an evening snack with a piping hot cup of chai.
Are you looking for the perfect aubergine dish to serve at your dinner party? Impress your guests with this eggplant and cottage cheese appetiser. This too-pretty-to-eat dish can be easily prepared in less than 30 minutes and is served alongside buttered and toasted French loaf.
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