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Eggplant Spread/ Vangyache Bharit

There are so many variations of roasted eggplants in India. This coastal version is very easy and only needs a few ingredients. The only cooking you need to do is roasting the eggplant. I loved smoky flavor of the eggplant. At home it used to be served with bhakari or chapatis which I was never a fan of. Instead, I started serving it with pita bread or crackers and it’s an instant hit with my family and a real party pleaser. It also makes a healthy after school snack.

If gas or coil roasting is not a possibility, you can use an outdoor grill or griddle. The smokiness from charring the eggplant is the most important flavor for this dish. If you like, you can substitute whole milk yogurt with low fat.

Don’t choose a over ripe eggplant or you will need up with too many seeds.


Yields: 1 1/2 to 2 cup (depending on the size eggplant)

Cook time : 10 minutes

Prep time: 5 minutes

You will need:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 small yellow/white onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Greek/Indian yogurt (Preferably whole milk)
  • 1 small green chili, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh cilantro/coriander chopped
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil for brushing the eggplant

How to proceed:

  1. Brush the eggplant with some cooking oil. You may use olive oil too.
  2. Place the eggplant on the burner. Try to roast the eggplant evenly by turning it frequently.
  3. Once the eggplant is evenly charred, place it in a bowl or plate and cover and keep for 5-8 minutes.
  4. Peel the eggplant. It’s easy to peel the eggplant when it cools down.
  5. Discard the stem of the eggplant and mash the eggplant with a fork.
  6. Add chopped onion, chili, cilantro, yogurt, salt and cumin powder, mix well.
  7. The spread is ready. I drizzle some olive oil on the spread before serving with pita bread or crackers.

By Cardamomncream

Hi, I’m Neeta and welcome to my blog, Cardamomncream. On this blog, you will find family recipes and some new recipes, but with a twist.
Cooking comes naturally to me, I guess I inherited it from my maternal grandmother. I love baking as it’s a good activity to spend time with my kids.
Baking is my first love. I had a home based baking business of custom cakes. But, with constant moves comes adjusting and settling to new environments and starting over again. So decided to share my experience and knowledge with you all.
The idea behind the blog is to document all my recipes and experience with food, and record all my traditional family recipes, which is a part of my culture.