Okay, so let’s get this out of the way first. The big purple baingan used in baingan ka bharta is the same as the one used as a penis emoji. Now that our collective inner 12 year old has stopped giggling, we can proceed.
I find baingan interesting because it is one of those authentic “Indian” veggies, because it was first domesticated in what is now Odisha, India. Whether or not our prehistoric grandfathers ever showed each other bangans as a joke, I do not know, but since India has been a heavily populated area for a long time, I would not dismiss it.
Another thing is that baingan has some kind of bad rep because a lot of ‘picky eaters’ don’t want to eat it. Well, fuck ‘em, because many, if not most people love them some big, juicy, baingan.
Baingan ka bharta requires those big purple baingan, and try to find larger, thicker ones if possible.
Also find ones without blemishes or tiny holes in it because that means there are some bugs in the baingan.
Also sound advice for dating, I guess.
You could use an oven to roast the baingan but you can do it on the gas too. As someone who once spilled boiling coffee on my crotch I do not find this funny but you can go ahead and laugh.
Whether you have it at home or in a dhaba, or in a fancy restaurant, it always tastes good.
You can eat it with roti or bhakri but sometimes I eat it with rice, which is actually surprisingly tasty.
This is also one of my favourite dishes so it always hits the spot.
As does my baingan.
Okay, now shut up and let’s Go To The Kitchen.