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       Title: Baingan Bharta
  Categories: Veg-cook, Sept.
       Yield: 3 servings
  
       1 lg Purple eggplant (skin
            Texture should be firm)
       1 md Onion, chopped
       2    Tomatos (preferably plum
            Tomatos)
       2    To 3 cloves garlic
            (optional/or more acc. to
            Taste)
       1    To 2 tsp. any generic indian
            Masala powder
       1 T  Lemon juice
         x  Hot pepper (eg. jalepeno)
            Acc  to taste
         x  Salt
         x  Cilantro, chopped for
            Garnish
         x  Cumin seeds 1tsp
         x  Turmeric powder 1 t (opt)
  
   Grill the eggplant (lightly oiled) on an open flame, turning it around fhen
   skin is charred...skin should turn completely black. (sometimes the
   eggplant might burst open and make a mess..) (if you have an electric
   range, grill it on a hot skillet, at max heat)
   
   peel, cool slightly. mash with a fork.
   
   Heat 2 tablesp. (or 1) oil. Fry cumin seeds, chopped onion and crushed
   garlic with turmeric added. Add half of chopped tomatos. Fry some more! add
   mashed eggplant. Add salt and masala powder (spice powder) and hot peppers.
   cook on low heat for about 5-7 mts. Let cool slightly and then add lemon
   juice. Garnish with remaining chopped tomatos and cilantro.
   
   Do let me know if you are satisfied with the finished product :).
   
   i usually serve it with hot parathas or in a pinch, pita bread.
   
   From: balach01@assets.wharton.upenn.edu (R. BALACHANDRAN).  rfvc Digest V94
   Issue #205, Sept. 23, 1994. Formatted by Sue Smith, S.Smith34,
   TXFT40A@Prodigy.com using MMCONV.
  
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