Baingan Gobhi Bharta

This is my entry for Spicy Tasty's Fortune Cooking Contest. I wanted to do a combination of my zodiac sign along with my boyfriends, as this month is his birthday. We go very well together, as does the eggplant (Taurus) and cauliflower (Cancer) in this dish...

Taurus Man & Cancer Woman The Cancer lady knows that the way to man's heart is through his stomach and the Taurus has his stomach in just the right spot. Love at first taste ... :-) (Source: AquarianAge Romance )

This match can definitely lead to "the real thing" with a little loving care. He loves your imagination, which encourages him to be more creative in romancing you. You will satisfy each other’s deep emotional needs. He wants a private and protected love bubble to cuddle in, and that’s just what you’re looking for. He is very sure of himself and where he’s going, and that makes you feel all warm and safe. You will have a few problems when he tries to control things, but if you can get past them you could truly find love here. ( Source: Jellybean's Astro-Soulmate Guide )

Astrologically, it would be hard to manifest a better match-homebody Cancer Girl loves to share good times with her close friends and family, and hanging out is an important part of her routine. Luckily, Taurus boy feels exactly the same way, and you'll spend many peaceful moments together. ( Source: FUNgirl - Astrology )

I especially love the first paragraph :D I adapted this recipe from Betty Crocker's Indian Home Cooking.


  • 1 pound eggplant
  • 1 pound cauliflower
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tbs. lime juice
  • 1 tbs. grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin seed
  • 1 tsp. garam masala

Broil or grill eggplant until skin is blistered. Place in large bowl, covering with plastic wrap and let stand 30 minutes. Remove skin and mash until smooth. Meanwhile, steam cauliflower until soft and mash along with eggplant.

Stir in ground coriander, ground cumin, salt, cayenne, turmeric, 1/2 cup onion, tomato sauce, lime juice, ginger and 1/4 cup cilantro.

Heat vegetable oil in large skillet. Add cumin seeds and sizzle 30 seconds. Add 2 tbs. onion and sautee 2 to 3 minutes, until golden.

Add eggplant mixture and fry 15 to 20 minutes or until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Stir in garam masala and remove from heat.

Serve sprinkled with remaining onion and cilantro.

Happy Birthday, Baby!


SpicyTasty said...

Thanks meeso for entering the contest. Good luck to you.
I love baigan gobi bartha and it looks absolutely yummy. And my birthday wishes to your boyfriend and am a taurian too.

meeso said...

~ Shriya, Glad I could enter... It was a fun post :)

Sri said...

Meeso meeso meeso
U better make this dish for me when i come over..Make it for me and I will cuddle you in the love bubble..
Thanks for the wishes babe

meeso said...

~ Sri, save that for the private e-mails :)) Love ya'!

Srivalli said...

meeso, thats such a wonderful dish!...birthday wishes to your boyfriend..

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

A really delicious dish Meeso.. have fun and celebrate the b'day with a bang!!!

Shravan said...

awesome dish!! Baingan Bhartha?? That's a indian dish!! Nice to see you post on that...

Do you mind being a guest blogger??

meeso said...

~ Srivalli, Swati, & Shravan... Thanks :)

Shubha Ravikoti said...

ohhh meeso thats so thoughtful and creative....:) birthday wishes to ur boyfriend... Iam sure he is gonna relish it...:)

Shubha Ravikoti said...

And yeah one more thing.... you both look so cute together...:) god bless

meeso said...

~ Shubha, Thanks for the comments :)

hetal said...

Hi,saw ur blog its gr8,found it in Shubha's blog.Congrats for the yummy blog award.I recently started my food blog,would love to c u and ur comments there.

meeso said...

~ Hetal, Thanks for stopping by. I would love to visit your blog but cannot access it :(

Cynthia said...

The BF is a lucky man!

meeso said...

~ Cynthia, I'll make sure he sees your comment :D

Vcuisine said...

You are so lively in photos Meeso. Birthday wishes to him. The dish is very apt. Viji

meeso said...

~ Viji, Thanks :)

Pearlsofeast said...

Lovely recipe,loved the ingredients.Perfect to go with Roti.

Aditi..............:) said...

Hey visit my blog for a sweet surprise...;)

Ranjani said...

I'm sure this would have been really good, I can feel your baingan bharta calling out to me!
I've never tried it with the addition of cauliflower, I need to try your version.

meeso said...

~ Pearlsofeast, Thanks so much!!!

~ Aditi, Wow! Thank you for passing that along :)

~ Ranjani, It was interesting adding the cauliflower, but it turned out good... Thanks :)

Ranjani said...

Hi Meeso,
Your baingan bharta looked so good, that I made some today!
Thanks for the inspiration, here's the post:

meeso said...

~ Ranjani, I'm glad to inspire you with my food!!! :)