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Baingan Bharta recipe | air fryer baingan bharta recipe

Baingan ka bharta is a traditional Punjabi eggplant mash which is served with hot roti. It is a simple meal but tastes awesome.Learn to make this easy dinner recipe here.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: baigan bharta dhaba style, baingan bharta, baingan bharta air fryer, baingan ka bharta, grilled eggplant mash, roasted aubergine mash
Servings: 4


  • sauce pan
  • potato masher (for mashing if you do not want to squeeze it by hands.)
  • Air fryer/oven / gas stove for traditional


  • 2 large brinjal or egg plants
  • 3 tbsp. oil 1 tbsp. mustard oil if possible, for the rustic taste
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • Handful Chopped coriander for garnish


How to roast eggplants on stove?

  • Roast on the eggplant on gas stove till the outer skin gets burnt.
  • Keep it aside to cool a bit and remove the burnt skin.
  • Cut the top off,mash the remaining brinjal.

How to air fry eggplants in an air fryer

  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 mins at 180 deg C.
  • Slice the eggplant from middle to split into 2 pieces. Further make incisions and brush with mustard oil or vegetable oil.
  • Air fry the eggplants for 18-20 mins after smearing oil on it
  • Scoop the eggplant flesh using a spoon, leaving the skin aside

How to cook baingan ka bharta ?

  • In a pan, add oil and add cumin,green chillies,garlic & ginger.
  • Now, add onion and sauté until translucent.
  • Add tomatoes and cook until soft.
  • Add all the spices with little(2 tbsp) water.
  • Once the onion & tomato mix has been cooked,add the mashed eggplant
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes,garnish with coriander.
  • Serve hot with tandoori roti.