Bharva Bhaingan (Stuffed Brinjal)

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Not a fan of eggplant/brinjal? Try Bharva Bhaingan – a stuffed eggplant dish, and you might just change your mind.

An overhead shot of stuffed brinjal (bharva bhaingan) served in a white bowl alongside rotis

Bharva Bhaingan (Stuffed Brinjal) or Stuffed Eggplants is a delectable dish made by stuffing baby brinjals with spices and cooking them for approximately 30 minutes.

There are many variations to this dish such as making them into a curry with tomatoes or stuffing them with potatoes and onions.

The recipe I follow makes use of spices, besan (chickpea or Bengal gram flour) and crushed peanuts as stuffing. This recipe has been taught to me by a friend who makes this dish so well that it is finger licking good. This is my humble attempt to recreate it. Enjoy this Bharva Bhaingan (Stuffed Brinjal) with warm rotis!

An overhead shot of stuffed brinjal (bharva bhaingan) served in a white bowl alongside rotis

If you love eggplants, this easy baingan bharta is right up your alley. We love to eat it with warm rotis. Here are other side dishes that go well with rotis –

  1. Aloo matar – Potatoes and peas curry cooked in less than 30 minutes in an electric pressure cooker.
  2. Aloo methi – delicious potatoes combined with fresh methi leaves
  3. Chana masala – a chickpea curry with a hint of spice and tang
  4. Chowli (lobia) – a delectable black eyed peas curry.


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Make these stuffed eggplants and you will get addicted to this delectable dish which is very easy to make!
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Bharva Bhaingan (Stuffed Brinjal) Recipe

Author : Anushree Shetty
Not a fan of eggplant/brinjal? Try Bharva Bhaingan - a stuffed eggplant dish and you might just change your mind.
Prep Time : 5 mins
Cook Time : 30 mins
Total Time : 35 mins
Servings : 4

Ingredients
 
 

  • ½ cup besan/chickpea flour gram flour or chickpea flour
  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts coarsely crushed
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2- inch piece of ginger
  • 2 Indian or Thai green chilies (Bird's eye) coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon carom ajwain seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder jeera powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder dhania powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons divided
  • 6 baby brinjals or eggplants
  • finely chopped cilantro / coriander leaves for garnishing

Instructions
 

  • Mix besan and the crushed peanuts well and microwave them in a microwave-safe bowl for 15 seconds. Set it aside.
  • Meanwhile, grind the garlic cloves, ginger, and green chilies to a fine paste. Add this paste to the besan - peanut mixture along with salt, carom seeds (ajwain), sugar, turmeric, coriander, and cumin powder. Add a teaspoon of oil and mix well.
  • Rinse the brinjals and pat them dry. Make 4 equidistant slits in each brinjal starting from the bottom of the brinjal towards the stem. Stop when you have reached the 3/4th mark.[ Note: Don't slit all the way to the stem, the brinjal may fall apart]. 
  • Stuff the brinjal with the besan and peanut mixture and set it aside. Repeat this process for the remaining brinjals.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a medium-sized non-stick pan kept on medium heat.
  • Arrange the stuffed brinjals in the pan and stir gently to coat the brinjals with oil. Add the remaining besan-peanut mixture to the oil and toss the brinjals gently.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cover to cook the brinjals. After every 5-6 minutes, turn the brinjal so that all sides get cooked evenly. This step takes about 20-25 minutes.
  • Switch off heat and garnish the brinjals with chopped coriander leaves and serve with warm rotis.
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Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 10gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 714mgPotassium: 1019mgFiber: 14gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 91IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 2mg
Diet : Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Course : Side Dish
Method: Stovetop
Keyword : dry, rajasthani, stuffed
Cuisine : Indian

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6 Comments

  1. Dear Anushree, there is no mention of salt and water in your recipe. I added a little salt to the stuffing mixture. What happens to the mixture after it is added to the brinjals in the pan? In my case, there were lumps of the besan mixture getting burnt and sticking to the pan as the brinjals cooked. Wish you had posted some pics of the recipe so we know how it should look.

    1. Hi Natty!

      I apologize for the missing salt. I have now fixed it. I have a question for you – did you use a non-stick pan? There should be sufficient oil in the pan so that the mixture doesn’t get burnt, and the heat should be really low as mentioned in the recipe. Also, this recipe is 7 years old, and I apologize for the clarity in the instructions. I’ll update the recipe with step-by-step pictures soon.

      Thanks,
      Anushree

  2. 4 stars
    Dear Madam, my humble suggestion is that there is no need to mention garlic and green chillies to be finely chopped and ginger to be grated if they were meant to be ground to a fine paste. I took the pain of chopping and grating and then read your recipe saying it should be ground to a fine paste. Thank you for the recipe anyway. I will post a good review if it turns out tasty.

    1. Totally agree, Natty. As I responded in my previous comment – It is a really old recipe. My recipe writing and cooking skills have since evolved. Appreciate your feedback.

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