When I was a kid, I remember a cartoon show of vegetables in which baingan was the king. I asked my mom why baingan was the king. She told me because it is packed with nutrition. I can add one more reason now – it is the most versatile vegetable. Not just in Indian cuisine but in many cuisines that I have come across, eggplant or baingan is a celebrated vegetable.
I first had Baingan Patiala at a local restaurant in Udaipur and immediately fell in love with the preparation. Till then my usual eggplant dish was Baingan Bharta or stuffed baingan but never a stir fried dish. After the meal, I actually pestered the chef to give me the recipe and now it’s a frequent accompaniment on our dinner menu.
Baingan Patiala (Stir fried eggplant)
Preparation Time: 10 mins| Cooking Time: 20 mins| Serves 2
5-6 thin and long purple eggplants, cut into 8 pieces each
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, julienned
1 green chilli, chopped
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
A pinch of asafoetida
1 tsp nigella (kalongi) seeds
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp cumin powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp red chilli powder
½ tsp dry mango powder
¼ tsp garam masala
* In a deep pan, stir fry eggplants till slightly brown, keep aside.
* In the same pan, (add more oil if required), add asafoetida and nigella seeds
* Add green chillis; onions and ginger-garlic paste. Saute until onions turn soft
* Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes before adding all the spices (except garam masala)
* Cook on medium heat and keep stirring in between. Cook until the mixture is dry (about 5 minutes). It will start to give out oil from the sides.
* Add the stir-fried eggplants. Mix well and cook for another 5 minutes.
* Sprinkle garam masala on top
* Remove from heat and serve hot with rotis.
Food is never just food. I believe it’s story telling, it’s conversation. It brings people together and it speaks a universal language! I love to play around in my kitchen. The thrill of being able to create something new and sharing it with others is what fuels my passion for cooking. The fact that dear husband is a foodie and an honest critique helps! I blog about my adventures in the kitchen at http://www.myweekendkitchen.in/