Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Cooking well does not mean cooking fancy." -Julia Child

The refrigerator light goes on...

I think of this dish as sort of like an Indian baba ganoush. The rich and creamy eggplant is a great base for other simple ingredients: tomato and onion. The softer Indian spices make this fragrant while the hot pepper adds just a bit of heat. A great balance of flavor and texture.

The eggplant can be put under the broiler to char, but it's better if you can grill this on the barbecue. Even better is if you have the time and equipment to smoke it. The smoky flavor brings greater depth of flavor that is complemented by the spices.

Serve this immediately over rice or lentils, but the dish is also great chilled and served as a dip with fresh veggies.


Baingan Bharta (Smoky Indian Eggplant)

Servings: 4 | Serving size: 1 1/4 cup

Cooking time: 60 minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and keeps well for about 24 to 48 hours in the refrigerator.

2 large eggplant
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
1 Tbsp. ginger (minced)
1 large onion (diced)
1 jalapeno (finely diced)
1 large tomato (coarsely chopped)
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. garam masala
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup fresh cilantro (coarsely chopped)
1 tsp honey
1/2 lime (juiced)

Baingan Bharta recipe from Dr. Gourmet

Preheat the oven to broil.

Place the eggplant in the oven and roast for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn frequently so that the skin chars but does not become too burnt.

Remove from the oven and let cool, then peel the skin from the eggplant.

Discard the skin.

Coarsely chop the meat of the eggplant.

Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

Add the garlic and ginger. Cook for about 1 minute. Stir frequently.

Add the onion and jalapeno. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the tomato, chopped eggplant, coriander, cumin, garam masala and salt.

Cook for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Add the lime juice and honey. Stir.

Serve immediately over rice topped with the fresh cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 1 1/4 cups

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 150 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4g 7%
    Saturated Fat 0.6g 3%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 314mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
    Sugars 12g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 25% Vitamin C 50%
Calcium 4% Iron 8%
Vitamin K 53mcg Potassium 865mg