Coconut Eggplant Bharta.

Casey and I are lucky enough to live in a neighborhood where we are surrounded by delicious food.  No joke, we have seven Thai restaurants within walking distance from our house.  And when we get sick of Thai, we also have a delicious Indian restaurant just a few blocks away.  I am notorious for always ordering the same thing – baingan bharta. 

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This is by no means the same thing, but it is a decent representation, and it’s deliciously tasty.  If my husband wasn’t so against it, I would probably eat eggplant every single night.  He’s not a huge eggplant fan, but he does love Indian food.  And despite the eggplant base, he gobbled down his whole bowl along with the leftovers, so it’s safe to say that even an eggplant hater can be convinced with the right recipe.  Perhaps this is just that!

Coconut Eggplant Bharta

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 2 eggplants, halved and roasted
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 14oz can light coconut milk
  • 1.5 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • brown rice (optional)

Instructions

  • Start by cutting two medium eggplants in half lengthwise, and placing face up on a baking sheet. Roast at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, or until soft and browning on top.
  • In the meantime, dice and begin to sauté one onion in coconut oil. Once the onion has softened, add cumin seed and garam masala and toast for 1 minute.
  • Add coconut milk, tomato paste, and garlic.
  • Once the eggplant has roasted, remove from oven and allow to cool for a minute or two. Carefully peel off the outer skin, and cube the softened eggplant flesh. Add to the pan with onions and coconut milk.
  • Add frozen peas, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  • Stir until peas are cooked and mixture is heated and combined. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Serve over brown rice, and enjoy!

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This was quick to make but full of flavor – the perfect meal when you’re looking for something warm and comforting, but still healthy and light. 

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Adding a little coconut oil to your rice is a fun way to enhance this meal with just a bit more flavor. 

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As always, enjoy!

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