Figure Friendly Eggplant Bhareet

serves 4

Figure friendly, 7 ingredient Eggplant Bhareet
Figure friendly, 7 ingredient Eggplant Bhareet

 I feel eggplant has the power of dividing people into eggplant lovers or haters. My husband and I belong to the earlier group- we both love the flavor of roasted eggplant. This bhareet is our favorite side dish. I am not sure which group our children belong to, because they love Baba ganoush but refuse to touch this bhareet with a 10 foot pole. Oh well….more for us:)

My quick and easy version here is what I make many times especially during the cold months.During the summer months, I roast the eggplant on the grill. But as we are still waiting for warm weather in our neck of the woods, this is my indoor version. This version also works very well for a spontaneous cook like me, who usually does not plan meals in advance. I cook the eggplant in the microwave, until it is almost done and then finish roasting it for just a few minutes on the stove top. When done, I cover it with foil while I get the other ingredients ready. That little step makes peeling the eggplant skin a breeze!

This Eggplant Bhareet recipe with fat free plain yogurt, the onion,cilantro and green chilies, makes for a yummy, figure friendly side dish. I also add the grated coconut as I like the contrast in texture it lends to the dish. It is a home-style Indian cooking dish. I agree that it is not very photogenic but believe me it is simply scrumptious!

Ingredients-

Just 7 Ingredients
Just 7 Ingredients
  • 1 medium sized eggplant, washed and dried
  • oil to lightly coat the eggplant- about 1/8 teaspoon
  • 1 very small red onion, diced fine
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, chopped fine
  • 2 small green chili peppers slit lengthwise (if you do not like your food hot, use 1 chili pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh coconut. I used the frozen grated coconut, thawed
  • ½ cup plain, non fat yogurt. I used Desi Dahi
  • salt to taste

To make the Eggplant Bhareet-

  1. Coat the eggplant with a light coating of oil and prick the skin with a fork a few times. Put it on a microwavable plate and microwave on high for about 7 minutes, or until it is almost cooked.
  2. Carefully remove it and finish roasting it on the stove top.

    Eggplant roasted on the stove top
    Eggplant roasted on the stove top
  3. Remove from heat,cover with foil and set aside for a few minutes. Peel the eggplant and discard the stem and skin. Mash the eggplant and remove any stringy fibrous material.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Add the mashed eggplant, mix and serve. In an Indian meal, I serve it with dal, a vegetable dish like Palakchi bhaji, chappatis and rice

Hope you enjoy this smoky eggplant dish as much we do.

Love,

Sandhya

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve never seen grated coconut at the store. I’ll look for it now. I love the idea of the coconut and the yogurt here. Wonderful flavors! 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks, Ronit.I like the yogurt and coconut flavors too. I get my frozen grated coconut at the Indian store but with coconut being so ‘popular’ now, it is available in many stores!

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      1. Thank you Sandhya for the information. I will definitely look for it.

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  2. This s new to me..looks inviting

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Vidya. My husband and I never get tired of this bhareet. Hope you like it too.

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  3. This is my favourite version of Bharit. In Andhra Pradesh, it is called Vankaya Perugu Pachadi.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      This is my favorite too, Aruna. Is it the same recipe in Andhra Pradesh?

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  4. I used to hate eggplant, but love it now when it is made right! I’ve never had bhareet before, but with that list of ingredients, it can only be delicious! Thank you for the recipe 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Naina. I really like this bhareet a lot. Hope you try it.

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  5. Zoale.com says:

    Looks very tasty! Looking forward to trying it 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Antonia. Do let me know how you like it!

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  6. Loretta says:

    Hi Sandhya, it’s been a while since I’ve followed The Reader, so I’m playing catch up now. :)). it’s just been so busy that I can just about get a post done and it’s Fiesta Friday time again. I read figure friendly, and I bookmarked it right away. The ingredients look really good, it would make a great dip with veggies.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Loretta. I know what you mean…..I feel like I am always chasing my tail with the blog entries and correspondence too:)
      This bhareet is really a favorite of ours.

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