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Friday, June 18, 2010

Indian Eggplant Recipe Baingan Ka Bharta & Tuesday Tune

Hello sweet friends! Thanks so much for visiting today-I am so happy that you have dropped by to visit me in my little corner of the world Down Under!

An Indian Eggplant Recipe Baingan Ka Bharta & Tuesday Tune, Natasha in Oz

My parents are on vacation at the moment, visiting my sister Holly and her family in the UK and they have also been on a cruise. I believe they are in Italy at the moment. I am just a bit envious! Anyway, I went to their house yesterday, just to check on everything. I checked that their fish were still alive, that their mailbox was empty and that all their appliances were still working. I also checked the back yard and when I went out to the back deck I was welcomed by a family of rainbow lorikeets who were feasting on all the wild flowers, plants and seeds from Dad's native garden.

Naturally, I had to take some pictures. I don't seem to go anywhere these days without my camera!

An Indian Eggplant Recipe Baingan Ka Bharta & Tuesday Tune, Natasha in Oz

After I had taken heaps of photos I realised that I had been at Mum and Dad's for quite a while so I decided I'd better head home before the neighbours thought I casing the place! Before I left though, I stole pruned some herbs and two eggplants from the the vine so I could make one of our favourite Indian Eggplant recipes called Baingan Ka Bharta

An Indian Eggplant Recipe Baingan Ka Bharta & Tuesday Tune, Natasha in Oz

There were also some green tomatoes growing on the tomato vine.

An Indian Eggplant Recipe Baingan Ka Bharta & Tuesday Tune, Natasha in Oz

I quickly stole picked some curry leaves, basil, oregano and chillies-the essential ingredients for the Baingan Ka Bharta

An Indian Eggplant Recipe Baingan Ka Bharta & Tuesday Tune, Natasha in Oz

With all these yummy ingredients in my bag I decided to quickly escape before I got caught, head home and make the Baingan Ka Bharta as a vegetarian side dish for our curry night!

An Indian Eggplant Recipe Baingan Ka Bharta & Tuesday Tune, Natasha in Oz

Indian Eggplant Recipe Baingan Ka Bharta, Natasha in Oz


Baingan Ka Bharta



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Baingan Ka Bharta~Eggplant Curry
Baingan Ka Bharta is a delicious vegetarian side dish.
Ingredients
  • 2 Eggplants cut into 2-inch (5 cm) cubes.
  • 2 tbsp Oil of choice. I like Olive Oil.
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 1/2 cup Onions-thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Green chilies-slit lengthwise
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 cup Tomatoes-finely chopped
  • 1 cup Tomatoes - pureed
  • 5-6 Curry leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • to garnish coriander/cilantro leaves
Instructions
In a wok or heavy skillet, heat some of the oil and fry the eggplant cubes until soft, about 7-10 minutes. Remove, set aside. Now add some more oil, and add cumin and mustard seeds and fry until they sparkle and sputter! When they stop sputtering, add and saute the onions and cook covered until brown, then add the chilies. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, till excess liquid dries up and the onions get tender.Mix in the chili powder, salt, curry leaves, tomatoes and pureed tomatoes. Cook covered for 15 minutes, until the extra moisture dries up. Add the roasted and mashed eggplant, mix well and cook covered for 5 minutes. Mix in the garam masala and cook covered for 2 minutes and serve garnished with coriander leaves. This dish is great served as an accompaniment to other curry dishes or can be eaten with Naan or Paratha breads.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6 servings depending on whether it is served as a side dish or main.


This dish is great served as an accompaniment to other curry dishes or can be eaten with Naan or Paratha breads.

An Indian Eggplant Recipe Baingan Ka Bharta & Tuesday Tune, Natasha in Oz


An Indian Eggplant Recipe Baingan Ka Bharta & Tuesday Tune, Natasha in Oz



My sweet daughter Maddy made a spinach side dish for our curry night. If you would like to see her Palak Paneer recipe just click here!

An Indian Eggplant Recipe Baingan Ka Bharta & Tuesday Tune, Natasha in Oz

I hope you try this dish-it is delicious!

I also hope you might be able to come back and join me on the weekend for my #TuesdayTune Linky Party!



Each week I share a song that I love and lots of other fabulous bloggers join in with me and share their favourite music for the week.

Until then, I hope you enjoy listening to Chloe Agnew from Celtic Woman singing Vivaldi's Rain.



Don't you agree that she has the Voice of an Angel?

Thank you so very much for spending your time with me today! I truly value our blogging friendship!

Best wishes always,
Natasha In Oz 
Please join me each weekend for the Say G'day Saturday Linky Party! You can also visit me at PINTERESTTWITTERINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK!

69 comments:

  1. Fabulous post, Natasha!! Your parents garden is wonderful and overflowing and I love those cute little birds!! You were only right to take the eggplant or it may have gone to waste. The recipe looks simple and delicious, your photography making it so! Thanks so much!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  2. I LOVE her voice! And I love the recipe here, I will try it too, I love this kind of thing. It's funny how blogging makes one pack a camera 24-7 LOL But it's worth it, I love all the sharing! Come say hi :D

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  3. Natasha, this is fabulous! You should link this to Mosaic Monday as well. Beautiful photos of your dad's garden. Loved the Vivaldi! ~ Sarah
    PS.
    Great cup in the Wordless Wednesday!

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  4. Beautiful all that vegetables in your parents garden.............yammie yammie recipe..........it looks delicious !! happy weekend enjoy ...hugs from me...Ria

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  5. Your mosaics are so beautiful. Your parents have an amazing yard.

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  6. Great V post and your photos are great and the recipe sounds yummy.

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  7. Your parents garden looks great, and so does your dinner! How fun to pick a few things and have a side dish-enjoy!

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  8. Great "v's".... What will you do when the letters are over? Yummy garden too. :O)

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  9. What a wonderful 5 minutes. I think your parents are fortunate to have you looking after them! I really enjoyed the song! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Wow, what a great feast for the eyes. I love your collages, photos of the process of preparing your recipe, and the finished product.

    Happy Alpha Soup.

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  11. Great vignette, and I LOVE your mosaics! The bottle brush flower is so pretty! I've never seen one in person. The garden is doing quite well and I'm glad you were able to "steal" a few goodies. Your meal looks great and I love your blue transferware plates.
    Blessings, Beth

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  12. How delicious. And just in time for lunch...again. Have a great weekend, Natasha!

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  13. I LOVE Chloe Agnew! Of all the Celtic Wonen she is my favourite. I have just bought one of their DVD's.
    Our kids have another week at school until their 3 week break. We're all hanging out for it!
    Enjoy the holidays Natasha.
    Angex

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  14. how wonderful that you can pick up some beautiful fresh veggies and herbs from the garden ... your dish looks delish!

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  15. Bonjour Natasha,
    She does have a voice like an Angel, and such sweet words. Your photos looks so good!! Wow! The recipe looks delicious, I'll be trying this one soon!
    Don't know how, but I've gotten behind in visit to blog friends again - sorry about that!
    Safe travels for your parents.
    Good Friday to you,
    Mimi

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  16. Ummm, you always give us the BESTEST recipes...this looks delicious.
    hugs, bj

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  17. WOW!Hello! What a wonderful blog! I found you on Trendy Treehouse FMF. I am your newest follower. Please check out my blog when you can. I woould love for you to follow me. I have 4 really great giveaways right now. And lots of posts on great deals and freebies. Have a great day!~Heather http://livingonloveandcents.blogspot.com/2010/06/friday-favorites.html

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  18. Natasha,
    I always enjoy your fabulous alphabet-posts. So much ideas, lovely pictures and every time a yummy recipe. Thank you for sharing.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  19. Oh my goodness I am swooning over how good that looks! I love eggplant and I've been looking for a new recipe to try. Will you comoe by and link up with me too? Hope to see you.
    Melodie @ Breastfeeding Moms Unite!

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  20. Looks AMAZING! And what a whopper of an eggplant!!! Yowzer.

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  21. What beautiful photos! And the recipe looks super yummy - thanks!
    Stopping by to say hi from New Friend Friday. :)

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  22. Here for Friday Follows! Please visit me at Dropped Stitches.

    xo Erin

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  23. Following your blog today, im from friday follow, hope you give my blog a visit.

    http://www.gossipme.us/2010/06/ff-nff-and-fmf-meme-time.html

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  24. Wow! Love what is growing in your Mum & Dad's garden. That dish looks amazing!
    Love the Celtic Woman. I have sat and watched them on our public TV before. They are really talented.
    Have a great weekend Natasha!

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  25. What a beautiful garden! And your recipe sounds delish! We love eggplant so I will have to give this recipe a try!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  26. We eat a whole lot of eggplant at our house so I am thrilled to find your recipe today. Your garden is lovely your photos are so vivid. Thanks for sharing.
    Joyce

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  27. I am slightly freaked out by the fact that your sister is called Holly & lives in the UK. My sister is called Holly and is about to move to Brisbane! Also, Natasha/Natalie - our parents clearly have some pretty similar taste...

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  28. Hey great blog. I am ur newest follower.
    Plz do visit me. I hope u follow back
    http://beingzaraandzidan.blogspot.com/

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  29. Wonderful choices for V this week! The garden is just beautiful, glad that you got to help out by "pruning". The recipe sounds wonderful, we love eggplant too. Beautiful photos! Kathy

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  30. Your parents garden is certainly looking good at the moment and that aubergine dish, delicious. See you Sunday Natasha, shame it is only virtually :)

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  31. Oh, my I love your blog! The curry night is amazing. I also eat a lot of East-Indian food because that is what I grew up with. My favorite is definitely egg plant and eat with curry and chicken and of course some Tortilla (but I call it Roti) Your table looks so delicious. Love it all. I am your new follower, come by and visit me at http://showmemama.blogspot.com

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  32. I am so jealous! Our tomato plants died a very long time ago lol
    The curry meal looks amazing and I am looking forward to your Sunday song post!

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  33. The flowers are gorgeous. I love that one that's kinda pink. Very beautiful and interesting looking. Your parents look like they grow a lot of veggie's. That's pretty convenient for you, ha. Great V post.

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  34. What a beautiful garden your parents have! And the bounty was worth the visit!

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  35. Following you! Beautiful pictures! Everything looked yummy! www.peacefuldivas.com

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  36. Wow! Beautiful photographs and a fantastic looking recipe! I'm sure your parents will be grateful that you helped with the pruning while they were away!

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  37. I just came over from Maddy's blog to get your recipe also. I love making curry and naan bread and now I have two side dishes to serve with them.

    I''m with you, I never peel my eggplant either!

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  38. Your parents sound like they have their own grocery store with some wonderful items. Good news is that you can steal, take, borrow, whatever!! curry looks wonderful as does the eggplant. Thanks for the recipe.
    Have a great week.

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  39. Bonjour Natasha, thanks so much for your lovely words today, they really mean a lot to me... Those garden photos look amazing, I love the colours. Plus some great food photography & recipe...What a fantastic post! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Lots of Love from London, Carole x

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  40. I am always in awe of anyone who can grow a vegetable garden and not buy there greens from a bin!!!!

    Everything looks delicious.

    Thanks for stopping by with such an encouraging comment.

    Hugs,

    Jo

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  41. Yummmy! Your parents have a wonderful garden.

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  42. Hi! Found you through the Treehouse, and now following along ... :) That meal looks fabulous!

    foodfloozie.blogspot.com

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  43. Natasha, glad that you are taking your camera everywhere. Your photos and mosaics are great. I was just admiring some eggplants at the grocery store the other day. So beautiful. Joni

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  44. I am an eggplant addict and Baingan Ka Bharta is one of my favorite ways to serve it! Since I am a vegetarian, I serve it as the main entree with naan bread and a few other items. Your parent's garden looks great. Fabulous photos!

    ~ Tracy

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  45. What a gorgeous blog and beautiful pictures. I'm a new follower from NFF. Looking forward to reading more!

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  46. I LOVE!!! eggplant and make it often. I have never planted it in my garden, I must plant some next year. I LIKE!!! the idea of planting some to go with my tomatoes and other veggies.
    I LOVE!!! all the seasoning in this YUMMY!!! recipe.
    I have become a follower, come by and visit.
    Geri

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  47. thanks for the comment! have a great weekend!

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  48. wow can't believe you love in the same place as Ron you should have a blogger meet up!!'

    and loving the curry night you did it like a pro

    have a fun weekend lovely lady

    Rebecca

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  49. Not only is your post great, and food tantalizing, but your photog skills are enviable.
    Can I come visit? Just for dinner?

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  50. Great photos! Your parents look like they have an amazing garden.

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  51. i love eggplant.. and am doing a tablescape of eggplant in july... I have been trying to put a border around my pictures and have no idea how,...if you have time I would love the knowlege... eatmywords40@yahoo.com

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  52. I am so glad you decided to head outside in your dads garden. Beautiful blooms out there. Thankyou for the veggie receipe, it looks good. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

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  53. Wonderful post! I like the facets of it that show your talent and love!
    Thank you for sharing yourself with us!

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  54. Thank you for dropping by my blog, so good to hear from new people. I adore your parents garden, what is the pink flower in the middle mosaic? It is heavenly looking? Your other mosaics are very special. I'm now a few follower.

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  55. Oh, that angelic voice singing along to reading your heavenly sounding recipe. I am going to have to check out curry leaves. I've only bought it in paste or powder and my stomach does not like it! I'm wondering if the leaves might be a better match.

    I have almost all these ingredients (except the curry leaves) and I am going to give this a try.

    Thank you for this delicious stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "V"!

    I always enjoy visiting here!

    A+

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  56. Great post! You covered so much! Love the garden shots, gorgeous and your eggplant dish looks delicious! but I really love your blue and white dishes, very pretty!

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  57. Looking forward to having you join us on the 20th for Summer Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

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  58. the flowers are so beautiful and the eggplant curry looks wonderful....I wouldve raided the garden too!

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  59. Natasha, this looks delicious. I love the ingredients, and I think my family would enjoy this, too. Thank you for sharing.

    Happy Pink Saturday.

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  60. You have the best recipes and pictures on your blog. Thanks!

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  61. Your parent's garden looks so good, Natasha. Those eggplants are mouth watering...Christine

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  62. Beautiful eggplants! The flowers are amazing. I've never seen some of those before. Thanks for posting the beautiful photos.

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  63. HAHA, Natasha! Pruning?? So if someone steals something from me they are just pruners! :)
    It all looks good!
    Have a wonderful week!
    K

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  64. I love how your put your posts together...they are always so gorgeous and well thought out! Eggplant and fish are in the same category for me...I LOVE them both and never make them because I always mess up. This recipe sounds lovely. My Mother in law is visiting this weekend...maybe she and I will make this. I will check out the spinach too...my son's favorite new food.

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  65. Well done post! Some of the flowers remind me of the bottlebrush tree my parents had in their garden ages ago in California.
    The recipe looks delicious! I am the only one who likes eggplant - could do this for my lunch one day!
    Love The Celtic women's songs - yes, they do have voices of angels.
    Kathy

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  66. Was just checking to see if you'd posted for Sunday Song, and found this: Love the plucking of the violins. They sound like rain drops, a sound with which I'm very familiar! Hope this finds you well and happy. blessings on your day!

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