In a large frying pan, saute the onion in the oil until it is translucent. Add the spices and stir for 1 minute. Add the eggplant and tomato, stir well and cover. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are mushy (about ½ hour).
Remove the lid and continue cooking until most of the liquid evaporates (about 15 minutes). The finished dish should be thick enough that you could use it as a dip.
* Indian eggplant, onion and tomato casserole — This is an Indian dish, called Baigan Bartha in Hindi. We make it a lot and call it "Bangin' Bart." It is eggplant, onions and tomatoes, but not in the usual way.
In this recipe, the vegetables are cooked to mush, with only a small amount of tomato, just enough to flavor it. Yield: serves 6-8.
* I don't make this with any spices but salt and pepper. The genuine Indian version of the recipe adds various Indian spices; try about 1 t of fresh ginger, about ½ t of turmeric, about ½ t of cayenne, and about 1 t of garam masala for a more authentic Indian flavor.
: Difficulty: easy. : Time: 15 minutes preparation, 45 minutes cooking. : Precision: no need to measure.
: Richard Newman-Wolfe : University of Rochester, Rochester NY
Your Bangin' Bart is ready. Happy cooking!
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