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BAINGAN BHARTA (WITH DAHI) (GRILLED EGGPLANT IN A YOGURT SAUCE)

I could not remember the last time I made Baingan ka Bharta. When I made it today my 10 year old said to me please don’t feel bad Amma, but I don’t think I like this curry. It tastes burnt! Well he was not wrong, but somehow it is that grilled baigan that gives this dish the flavour! My hubbie and me feasted on it. :)

This is what you’ll need

Brinjals: 2

Onions: 2

Tomatoes: 2

Green chillies: 2

Yogurt: 1/2 cup

Turmeric powder: 1/4tsp

Chilli powder: 1tsp

Ginger: 1tsp (grated)

Coriander leaves: Few

Salt to taste

Oil: 2tsp

Let’s get cooking

1. Grill the brinjal applying a little oil until soft. Let it cool. Mash and keep aside.

2. Chop the onions, tomatoes and green chillies.

3. Chop the coriander leaves and whisk the yogurt.

4. Heat the oil and add the onions and green chillies. Sauté until transparent.

5. Add the ginger, turmeric powder and chilli powder. Fry for a minute.

6. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until pulpy.

7. Add the mashed brinjal and salt. Fry it for a couple of minutes. Add the chopped coriander.

8. Cool the brinjal and finally add whisked yogurt. Serve hot with phulkas.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes

Serves: 3-4

Dietician’s Note

Brinjals are an excellent food to aid in weight loss, being low in calories and fat. It is a nutrient dense food, which will help you feel full, and there are almost no calories in brinjals. Obese people love brinjal dishes as it does not add many calories to their diet.

Another important factor to note is the low sodium levels present in brinjals. Low sodium diet is beneficial to hypertensive patients. Omit the salt or replace it with a low sodium salt in this recipe.

Brinjals are also found to reduce high cholesterol levels.

The yoghurt in this recipe adds to the protein content and the minimal use of oil again makes it a good choice for dieters, diabetics and people with hyeprtension and other cardiovascular diseases.

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