Traveling it is strictly connected with learning about the cuisine of other countries and trying new tastes. In my opinion, it is one of the advantages of living in the modern world, because a hundred years ago only “chosen” or rather “lucky” one had a chance to try dishes prepared on the second end of the world.
Indian cuisine it is really famous and has millions of fans around the Globe. Well, I like it too… but I prefer to test recipes received from housewifes living on Indian Subcontinent then from famous master chefs.
While I had a chance to stay in North India I tried a dish named “Bartha”. Even I am a strict “non-veg” I liked it very much, and a few days ago I made it by myself.
So, here comes the recipe:
What you will need?
One quite big eggplant
3 small red onions
4 medium tomatoes (I add 5 because I’m a tomato freak)
3 table spoons of oil (I use olive oil)
3/4 tea spoon cumin seeds
¾ tea spoon red chili powder (if you are not used to spicy food I recommend you to take not more than half of the spoon!!)
How to do?
Put eggplant in the oven heated up to 180 degrees, let it stay there till it become soft and creased (more than an hour!) – do not forget to flip it from time to time!
Chop onion, ginger and tomatoes!
When eggplant is ready to place it in the bowl filled with water.
Prepare frying pan, warm 3 table spoons of oil. Add cumin seeds. Fry just a moment. Add onion and ginger. Let it stay a little bit on the fire and get a light golden color. Add tomatoes and mix it all. In the meantime, take eggplant out of water, drain off from water, peel from the skin and chop into small pieces. Add it to the frying pan.
If it became little bit too dry, add water!
Add salt to taste, red chili powder and fry a little bit more.
And here it is, your own made Bartha!