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    Baigan Choka (Roasted Eggplant (Aubergine)

    Baigan Choka (Roasted Eggplant (Aubergine). Photo by Roxanne J.R.

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    WizzyTheStick's Note:

    A robust flavoured Trinidadian side dish or vegetarian spread for flatbreads. I don't usually add pepper to this as I think the flavour is intense enough. If not using a non- stick pan increase the oil to 2 tablespoons.

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    1. 1
      Wash eggplant and make slits in it with a knife.
    2. 2
      Peel garlic cloves and stick into the slits made in the eggplant.
    3. 3
      Insert tomato wedges into the slits.
    4. 4
      Rub the eggplant with a teaspoon of oil.
    5. 5
      Roast over an open flame (for example, a gas cooker) until soft. Do not grill because the taste will not be the same. The open flame imparts a smokey flavour which gives this dish it's signature flavour.
    6. 6
      To make roasting more manageable. I usually cut the eggplant in half making sure that the garlic is wedged deep inside so that it doesn't fall out. I use a long cooking fork to turn the melongene and make sure it roasts evenly on all sides.
    7. 7
      When eggplant is soft, slit the charred skin lengthways with a knife and scrape out the soft somewhat stringy pulp. Discard skin.
    8. 8
      Mash the pulp, tomato,and roasted garlic in a bowl with a fork or pop it into your blender if you want a nice smooth texture.
    9. 9
      Add 1 tsp oil to a non-stick frying pan and cook 1/4 cup onion until fragrant but not translucent. (You want them to still have some crunch to them but not quite the sharp raw onion taste.) This is a personal preference some people prefer the raw onions.
    10. 10
      Add the barely cooked finely chopped onion, salt to taste, and scotch bonnet pepper to the eggplant pulp.
    11. 11
      Typically enjoyed as a side with curried meats and rice or in Sada Roti (Indian flatbread ).

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 14, 2014


      This is a good, simple eggplant dish. I used 2 thinly sliced Super Chilis from my garden in place of the diced Scotch Bonnet. A pinch of salt greatly improved the flavor of the dish. I will garnish it with chopped cilantro right before serving it later. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    • on June 17, 2010


      Ah, just the way my grandma used to make it when I was growing up. I never made it myself before finding this recipe and it turned out exactly like I remember it tasting when I was younger. Thanks for posting.

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    • on June 07, 2008


      Hey !!! what a simple and super dish. I made this today to eat along with a chicken curry, problem was I ate most of it before serving the curry,Tut Tut. I didn't have a Scotch Bonnet, so used have of a red devil chilli, wonderful flavour, I'll have to buy more aubergines (brinjals) next week. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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    Nutritional Facts for Baigan Choka (Roasted Eggplant (Aubergine)

    Serving Size: 1 (183 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 66.9
    Calories from Fat 23
    Total Fat 2.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 5.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 11.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.2 g
    Sugars 4.4 g
    Protein 1.9 g

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