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Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Condiments, Indian | 3 comments

Roasted Indian Eggplant Dip

Roasted Indian Eggplant Dip

It sounds funny when i was writing a title of this post.Back home we called it ‘Baingan ka Chokha’.The homemade version is much less spicy and oily then what is sold in Indian restaurant here under the name of ‘Baingan Bharta’. 

Roasted Eggplant dip

Roasted Eggplant dip

‘Baingan’ is hindi for eggplants or as i knew it as Brinjal in Indian english growing up.’Bharta’ and ‘Chokha’ just means mashed up.The best kind of this dip are the ones which are cooked  in “chulha” in Indian villages,like my grand mother  still prefer to do.

Roti making over chulha

Roti making over Chulha

Notice the man in this picture,he is making Roti over chulha,a clay oven.In the villages,they use woods or hay for the fire in these ‘chulhas’.

  • You can use any eggplant but if its big Italian eggplant,i would cut in two pieces just so that it roast properly.I prefer Chinese/Japanese eggplants which are smaller in size and cook evenly.
Broiled Eggplant

Broiled Eggplant

Eggplant dip ingredients

  • You can cook the eggplant by broiling or directly char it over the stove top,top of cast iron skillet  covered.You can also boil and roast it.I find it time consuming.So i prefer broiling.

Indian Eggplant dip


  1. 1 Chinese Eggplant(oval)
  2. 1 clove of garlic
  3. 1/2 chopped onion
  4. 1 small tomato chopped
  5. 1-1/2 tablespoon oil
  6. couple seeds of cumin
  7. chili flakes to sprinkle
  8. salt to taste


  1. Broil the eggplant wrapped partially in aluminum foil.You can roast and even boil the eggplant.
  2. In a pan,add oil.
  3. Add garlic,cumin seeds and chili flakes.
  4. Add chopped onion and let it brown until translucent.
  5. Add eggplant and tomatoes. Season with salt.
  6. Cover and let it soften.Mash it with wooden spoon as you are stirring it.
  7. Enjoy it with Roti/Paratha/Crackers.


  1. We are studying India in homeschool right now and I like to make a dish from each country we study. This recipe looks yummy to me. Do you have any other recipes from India that kids who don’t like vegetables or spicy food would like? I know, tall order!:)

  2. Christina,i am so encouraged to hear this.Does your kids like flat bread?If so,there is Indian flatbread,stuffed with cauliflower(gobhi paratha),spinach(palak paratha),Kidney beans(Rajma Paratha) and potatoes(Aloo paratha and most popular one).Roasted cauliflower where you can control the seasoning.Chicken Biriyani is our kids fav.Samosa is a snack which is loved in our family,kids and adult alike.Potato is traditional stuffing it but you can add peas,cauliflower,mushed that they can’t even tell.Ask me,if you have more question,i will guide you with adjustment.

  3. You can find all the ones i mentioned in this website.

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