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Smoky And Spiced Eggplant Mash

Smoky And Spiced Eggplant Mash


  • 4 long eggplants (the asian kind, chinese or japanese – medium sized)
  • 2.5 tablespoon oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3/4 cup diced onions (do not chop them too small – about 1/4 inch squares are good)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 3-5 hot chili peppers (remove membrane and seeds if you do not like it spicy – the peppers are vital for flavor)
  • 3/4 cup chopped or grated fresh tomatoes – adjust amount to taste. the more tomato you use, the bharta will be a bit tart and reddish in color
  • 1/2 tablespoon julienned fresh ginger
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder/cayenne/paprika
  • 1/2 cup shelled/frozen peas (optional)
  • a lot of fresh cilantro/coriander leaves, chopped