Spicy Roasted Indian Eggplant (Bhartha)

Spicy Roasted Indian Eggplant (Bhartha)

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell.com, July 2018

This spicy eggplant dish, popular in India and Pakistan, can be eaten hot or at room temperature. Serve with brown basmati rice and naan. Save leftovers if you can; the dish tastes better on day two when all the flavors have had a chance to meld.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 large eggplants (about 3 pounds total)
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala


  • Prep

  • Ready In

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. Prick eggplants all over with a fork. Place on the prepared pan and roast, turning once or twice, until soft, 55 to 65 minutes. Cut open and let cool. Scrape the flesh onto a cutting board and chop. Discard the skin.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft and starting to brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and jalapeño; cook until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in cumin, salt, coriander, turmeric and crushed red pepper; then add tomatoes. Cook, stirring, until the tomatoes start to break down, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the chopped eggplant, cilantro, lemon juice and garam masala. Cook, stirring, until heated through, about 3 minutes more.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 246 calories; 15 g fat(2 g sat); 11 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 94 mcg folate; 0 cholesterol; 14 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 768 IU vitamin A; 26 mg vitamin C; 58 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 450 mg sodium; 1,022 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (43% daily value), Folate (24% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 5 vegetable, 3 fat

Reviews 2

August 04, 2019
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By: Marissa
This is delicious! I'm not sure why there aren't more reviews! Made it as is except the cilantro because I didn't have it but yum!!
July 24, 2018
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By: Martika
It is absolutely amazingly delicious meal. I love Indian cuisine and this dish is Superb. I don't measure spices and always add a little more than what recipe calls for. I added 4-5 cloves of garlic, half yellow and half red onion, 1and 1/2 tbs of fresh ginger. At the end replaced lemon with lime juice. After adding the lime juce, garam masala and cilantro, I turned off the heat (no addittional cooking) and let the flavours blend all together on its on.
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