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Baingan Bharta WFPB is a Spiced Eggplant Mash in a red serving dish, garnished with green coriander

Baingan Bharta WFPB

This delicious and super comforting dip AKA Baingan Bharta comes from the north of India and is a luscious mix of eggplant pulp, onions, tomatoes and chillies garnished with fresh coriander.

Most traditional recipes need the eggplant to be roasted over coals or a flame for the smokiness. Other “newer” recipes ask for the eggplant to be baked in the oven for half an hour or so.

I tend to steam the eggplant cubes for 10 – 15 minutes and then mash roughly. Works well with any steamer.

The smoked Red Paprika is the  secret ingredient here, for the smokiness while lending a beautiful flavour and colour.

This recipe is whole food plant based (WFPB), no oil, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free.

We need,

  • 2 cups of Eggplants, peeled & cut up into cubes
  • 1.5 – 2 tablespoons of Water, for cooking
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 large Onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 – 4 cloves Garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 Green Chili, thinly sliced
  • 3 – 4 large & ripe Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • Salt,  to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Red Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Coriander Stalks & Leaves, minced finely 


  • Steam the eggplant cubes until cooked.
  • Mash up roughly with a spoonful of Lemon Juice.
  • In a deep nonstick pan, lightly roast the cumin seeds until aromatic.
  • Add the onions and cook on low heat with a dash of water to prevent sticking or burning.
  • When the raw smell goes off, add in the turmeric, minced garlic and chilli.
  • Cook for a couple of minutes until slightly dry.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes and cook until softened (4 – 5 minutes).
  • Next mix in the eggplant mash and stir well.
  • Season with salt and mix in the smoked Paprika.
  • Take off the heat.
  • Add the remaining lemon juice.

Garnish this delicious Baingan Bharta WFPB with coriander and serve warm with “Jeera Rice” or “Roti



I am an enthusiastic plant based home cook and baker who delights in sharing my creations on unsuspecting non vegans, when they least expect it! When not recipe developing, testing or making, I'm found organising and/ or writing, the two other passions of my life ❤️

1 Comment

  1. I need this in my life RIGHT NOW! It looks and sounds incredible!!! YUM!

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