Shahi Baingan Bharta |

Shahi Baingan Bharta

Baingan Bharta is a delicious vegetarian dish mainly cooked in various parts of India.

Baingan is eggplant which is grilled over charcoal or direct fire to impart a smoky flavor to the flesh of the eggplant and then it is cooked with different spices and vegetables. Baingan bartha is popular in Punjab, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal. In Gujrati it is known as odo, wangyacha bharti in Marathi and in West Bengal it is called Begun pora. The fun part is in West Bengal many belief that to prepare Begun pora in Tuesdays and Saturday protect the family member from evil eye. There is no scientific proof whether this help as an evil eye protector or not but one thing is sure the members of the family get an awesome dish to taste every week.

This Shahi Baingan Bharta is more rich and royal version of the regular baingan bartha.

Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients

Shahi Baingan Bharta Ingredients

Shahi Baingan Bharta Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic chopped
  • ½ tsp ginger chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 2 green chilly chopped
  • ½ tsp of sugar
  • ½ cup peas blanched
  • 1tsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 bay leave
  • ¼ tsp of garam masala
  • 2 tbsp of raisin
  • Handful chopped coriander leaves
  • 5 to 6 tbsp of mustard oil
  • Salt to taste

How to cook Shahi Baingan Bharta

Baingan Bharta requires roasted eggplant. You can roast eggplant in various ways. The most common method is to rub the skin of the eggplant with little oil then hold it on a low flame burner. But it is not too safe for the beginners or who are not so expert in it. In that case use your cook top grill plate or oven grill or barbeque grill. Keep turning and cooking till the all the skin get charred and the inner flesh looks really soft.

Once the eggplant is roasted let it cool totally and then peel off and discard the charred skin. Mash coarsely and keep aside.

Meanwhile in a pan take a spoonful of oil and scramble the egg and keep aside.

In a pan heat oil then add the bay leaves and chopped onion.

Add little sugar and stir until the onions are translucent.

Add ginger and garlic paste. Stir until the onion become golden brown then add the tomatoes and all the dry spices except garam masala and cook until the tomatoes become soft.

Add the blanched green peas, green chili and the mashed eggplant. Mix well.

Add the scrambled egg, coriander leaves. Go on stirring continuously for 6 to 8 minutes. You will see the excess water evaporates and a creamy texture is coming.

Add ghee and garam masala powder. Mix well. Put off the flame.

You can make it more exotic by adding 2 tbsp of full cream. Cover the lid give 5 minutes standing time before serving. Garnish with chopped coriander.

Shahi Baingan Bharta

Shahi Baingan Bharta

Serves Shahi Baingan Bharta with naan paratha, kulcha or hot steamed rice. You can even have it as your bread spread it taste awesome.

Shahi Chicken |

Shahi chicken is a chicken recipe that is found in North India mostly. The richness of desi ghee and the flossy cream renders it a mouth watering taste. It has to be made with a little patience which is worthwhile because the end result is too tempting to resist. The aroma of fried cardamoms and spices add to the temptation of the shahi chicken recipe.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 large drumsticks of chicken
  • 1 liter clear chicken stock
  • 100 gm yoghurt
  • ½ bowl fresh cream
  • ½ bowl desi ghee
  • 2 big sized onions (sliced)
  • 5 cardamoms (chotti and badi elachi)
  • 2 cinnamons
  • 4 cloves
  • ½ tsp nutmeg (grated)
  • 4 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 25 gm coriander leaves

Method

Clean the chicken. Remove the skin. Make it boneless by removing bones of it. Cut the breast into four equal sized pieces cut widthwise. Wash them well and pat dry. Heat ghee in a pan. Fry onions till they turn golden brown.

Put cinnamon, cardamoms, and cloves and fry for two minutes. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for two minutes. Put spices like coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder and fry tow minutes. Then add half chicken stock along with salt. Stir it well and take it to boil.

Lower the flame and let it simmer. You have to constantly stir it to make sure that the onions are mashed properly. Remove the pan from flame. Mix yoghurt in it. Again put the pan on flame and stir fry till the liquid evaporates.

Add the remaining chicken stock and bring it to boil. Lower the flame. Cover the pan and let it simmer for five minutes. Stir in between. Put grated nutmeg and stir well.

Cover the pan and on a low flame let it cook till the gravy then thinned out. Remove it from heat and adjust seasoning. The shahi chicken is ready. Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves. Serve it hot with chapattis or naans.