Dahi wale Baingan | Eggplant in Yogurt Sauce

Coming with another recipe for our group A-Z Recipe Challenge and this time the letter is E. If you have been following my blog, we need to cook a dish, which has an ingredient starting with the letter of the month and it has to be in English. I have chosen Eggplant or Aubergine as called in many parts of the world and I choose to cook this yummy and tangy aka chatpata Dahi wale Baingan. I bet even those who do not like eggplant will fall in love with this.

Dahi wale Baingan | Eggplant in Yogurt Sauce

This is the beauty of food blogging, you experiment a lot and learn a lot of new things. It’s not that you are just finding some recipes, make it etc. You learn different cultures, what food they eat and how some of the recipes we make are so similar yet so different. So coming to today’s star ingredient, Eggplant. Eggplant is native to India and is generally dark purple and glossy, thought different colours exist. There are more than 10 different varieties of this fruit. Yes it is a fruit which is cooked as a Vegetable.

This humble fruit has a an array of benefits line to it, but unfortunately it is underrated. Eggplants are loaded with dietary fiber and therefore good for digestion as well as weight loss. They are loaded with calcium and iron and hence good for bone health. (Source Internet).

There is no surprise that this fruit would have loads and loads of different way of cooking. In India the Baingan Bharta , bharwa baingan is very common and though I had both in my drafts I choose to make this Dahi wale baingan. Another favourite of mine is a mix veg which I learnt from my mom, in which the star ingredient is Eggplant. You will never ever realise that you are eating eggplant. I remember, I made this after marriage, my FIL was surprised and relished the dish, and even told me that no one will ever guess until you tell them that there is eggplant in this.

For this month’s challenge I was sure to use Eggplant. I love Eggplant cooked in tomato sauce along with some cheese. Have you seen my Eggplant Pizza recipe, it was just yum. I still crave for it many a times.
So My initial plans were cooking eggplant the Italian way or the Moroccan one and what not. But some times they fail, and unfortunately due to my other plans and the holiday season, I did not get a chance to make them and I sticked to this easy and fuss free Dahi wale Baingan.

Dahi wale Baingan | Eggplant in Yogurt Sauce

This Dahi wale Baingan is very easy to cook, all you do is shallow fry the eggplants in oil or one can do that in oven too (My next attempt) and then prepare a masala or a gravy from 6-7 basic spices and that’s it. Later on you are just assembling it and you are sorted. You can even add slice potatoes to this and make alternate layers of eggplant and potato. I have done that earlier, but this time only did with eggplant. Dahi wale baingan is quick to assemble, can be done in just 20-30 mins and is definitely a party pleaser.

So here you go:

Ingredients

  • 1 Big Eggplant cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Cups of thick Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Red Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 tsp Chat Masala
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Chopped Coriander for garnish.

Instructions

  • In a pan, add 2 tbsp oil and shallow fry the eggplant slices on medium on both the sides, until done.
  • This will take around 5 minutes each side.
  • In the meanwhile, in a pan add 2 tbsp oil.
  • Once medium hot add all the masala’s and keep on stirring the mixture. We do not want the masala to be burned.
  • Add water a little by little and let the masala cook on medium for around 10 minutes.
  • Once all the eggplant are shallow fried keep it aside and let the masala cool down a bit.

Assembling

  • In a wide dish, first spread around a teaspoon of masala.
  • Then arrange a layer of eggplant.
  • Spread another teaspoon of masala on the eggplant layer.
  • Then add the yogurt on top (Leaving about 1 tablespoon)
  • Repeat the above steps again, i.e. add some masala, eggplant and again some masala.
  • Top it up with the remaining yogurt.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve

 

 

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Dahi Wale Baingan | Eggplant in Yogurt Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Dahi wale Baingan is a yummy and tangy dish made using a few spices availabe in your kitchen and can be assembled in 20-30 minutes.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Eggplant, Vegan, Yogurt
Servings: 4 People
Ingredients
  • 1 Big Eggplant cut into 1/4 inch thick slices (One can use any type of eggplant)
  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Cups of thick Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Red Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 tsp Chat Masala
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Chopped Coriander for garnish.
Instructions
  1. In a pan, add 2 tbsp oil and shallow fry the eggplant slices on medium on both the sides, until done.

  2. This will take around 5 minutes each side.

  3. In the meanwhile, in a pan add 2 tbsp oil.

  4. Once medium hot add all the masala’s and keep on stirring the mixture. We do not want the masala to be burned.

  5. Add water a little by little and let the masala cook on medium for around 10 minutes.

  6. Once all the eggplant are shallow fried keep it aside and let the masala cool down a bit.

Assembling
  1. In a wide dish, first spread around a teaspoon of masala.

  2. Then arrange a layer of eggplant.

  3. Spread another teaspoon of masala on the eggplant layer.

  4. Then add the yogurt on top (Leaving about 1 tablespoon)

  5. Repeat the above steps again, i.e. add some masala, eggplant and again some masala.

  6. Top it up with the remaining yogurt.

  7. Garnish with coriander and serve.

 

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