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Punjabis Love spices. There is no denial to this fact. They gorge on chillies and love spicy food. Being a punjabi myself I cannot accept bland, tasteless food. Some of the dishes are signature from a punjabi household like Kaddhi Chawal, Bharwan Karela, Dal Makhani, Langar wali Daal, Gobhi Ke Danthal and much much more. Basically Punjabis love to eat day in and day out. We live to EAT. Period!

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Another interesting technique of cooking Punjabis follow is to stuff the vegetables with spices and then cook them. This method ensures that the spices are deeply infused in the vegetables. I have a few stuffed or bharwan vegetable recipes on my blog like Bharwan Karela, Bharwan Tinda. I will soon be posting Bharwan Tori and Bharwan Bhindi. But today I bring you Bharwan baby eggplants or chottey baingan.  As a kid I used to call them cooked rats!! ..hahahah am I scaring you? Well its because they were cooked with the little stem on. 🙂

Directions:

1. Pick baby size eggplants , because they are perfect for this recipe. Wash them and pat them dry using a kitchen towel.


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2. Make a cross insertion with a sharp knife. Do not cut all the way down separating the pieces. The piece should be intact.

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3.  In a bowl add Salt, Turmeric, Garam masala, Coriander powder, Amchur,  Asafoetida , Sambar Powder, Channa Masala and Red Chili Powder and mix them evenly for the filling.

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4. Stuff the eggplants with spoonful of spice mix and keep them aside.If some masala or spice remains reserve it.

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5. Peel and slice some potatoes. Also cut onions in big chunks. Set aside.

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6. In a cast Iron wok or kadhai add some mustard oil.

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7. After the oil gets pipping hot add the potatoes and roast them till they turn golden and partially cooked.


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8. Add the onion chunks and saute them with the potatoes.

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9. Add to the wok the stuffed eggplants and toss them in the oil gently.

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10. Add some leftover reserved masala or spice mix. 

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11. Cover the wok with a lid which barely covers the vegetables. We are not looking at a bigger lid. When you tightly cover the vegetables with a lid while cooking, they cook faster and become crispy at the same time.


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12. Open the lid after 5-7 minutes and change the sides with a service spoon and cook again till eggplants have lost the purple colour and cooked thoroughly.

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13. Garnish with some Chopped Coriander Leaves.

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14. Serve hot with Rotis, paranthas or even tawa naan.

Other recipes you can try : Mushroom do Pyaaza, Pindi Cholley, Tori wadiyan, Methi Matar Malai.

Other Eggplant recipes on The Secret Ingredient which might interest you are : Baingan ka Salan, Baingan ka Bhartha

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Bharwan Baingan | Stuffed Baby Eggplants & Roasted Potatoes | Spicy Stuffed Brinjal | Stuffed Aubergine
Serves 3
Delicious baby eggplants stuffed with spices and cooked with roasted potatoes.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 kg Baby Eggplants or Baingan
  2. 2 medium sized Potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  3. 1 Large Onion, cut in large chunks
  4. 2 tbsp Mustard Oil*
  5. Fresh Coriander Leaves
For the Stuffing
  1. 1 tbsp Turmeric
  2. 2 tsp Salt
  3. 1 tbsp Amchur
  4. 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  5. 1 tsp Chili powder
  6. A pinch of Asafoetida
  7. 1 tbsp Sambar Powder
  8. 1 tbsp Channa Powder
  9. 1 tbsp Garam Masala
Instructions
  1. Pick baby size eggplants , because they are perfect for this recipe. Wash them and pat them dry using a kitchen towel.
  2. Make a cross insertion with a sharp knife. Do not cut all the way down separating the pieces. The piece should be intact.
  3. In a bowl add Salt, Turmeric, Garam masala, Coriander powder, Amchur, Asafoetida , Sambar Powder, Channa Masala and Red Chili Powder and mix them evenly for the filling.
  4. Stuff the eggplants with spoonful of spice mix and keep them aside.If some masala or spice remains reserve it.
  5. Peel and slice some potatoes. Also cut onions in big chunks. Set aside.
  6. In a cast Iron wok or kadhai add some mustard oil.**Open the lid after 5-7 minutes and change the sides with a service spoon and cook again till eggplants have lost the purple colour and cooked thoroughly.
  7. After the oil gets pipping hot add the potatoes and roast them till they turn golden and partially cooked.
  8. Add the onion chunks and saute them with the potatoes.
  9. Add to the wok the stuffed eggplants and toss them in the oil gently.
  10. Add some leftover reserved masala or spice mix.
  11. Cover the wok with a lid which barely covers the vegetables. We are not looking at a bigger lid. When you tightly cover the vegetables with a lid while cooking, they cook faster and become crispy at the same time.
  12. Garnish with some Chopped Coriander Leaves.
  13. Serve hot with Rotis, paranthas or even tawa naan.
Notes
  1. *Mustard Oil tastes best with stuffed brinjal. But you can always use other cooking oils.
  2. ** Cast Iron wok gives a unique flavour to this dish. But you can use any other wok/pan also.
Adapted from Mommy Dearest
Adapted from Mommy Dearest
The Secret Ingredient http://www.thesecretingredient.in/
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Comments

  1. Dadi ki yaad aa gayi

  2. I made it today , it turned delicious . V all loved it … Thanks

  3. I am glad you liked it Alpa 🙂 Happy to hear from you.

  4. It tasted so damm well.. made it for dinner tonight… rainy season and this tangy spicy dish.. too good

  5. Thankyou Priyanka for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  6. My mother use to always cook such dishes you remainded me and I cooked it was delicious thanks a lot