Badal jaam

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time40 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
For yogurt sauce:
500ml natural yogurt
2 tbsp lemon juice
10 medium cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
1/2 tsp salt
10g chopped fresh coriander leaves, divided
1 1/2 tsp salt
For Badal Jaam:
2 large globe aubergine, cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices
1 tbsp oil
Oil for pan frying
1-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
6 to 8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 medium onion, peeled and chopped
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
4 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped and pureed in a food processor
1 1/2 tsp toasted powdered cumin seeds
1 1/2 tsp black salt powder
1 1/2 tsp mango powder
1 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
Special equipment: Muslin cloth
1) Hang yogurt in a muslin cloth over the sink and let the whey (water) drip out for about 2 hours. Transfer the thickened yogurt to a bowl and add lemon juice, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and half of the coriander. Mix thoroughly and set aside. Salt aubergine slices with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and let drain for about 30 to 45 minutes. Pat dry.

2) Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet (about 1/4 inch deep) and fry aubergine over medium to high heat until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove and let drain on paper towels. Set aside.

3) Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 4-quart saucepan. When hot, add ginger and garlic and saute for 20 seconds. Add chopped onion and saute over medium heat until soft, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add paprika, 1 teaspoon salt and tomatoes; simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the sauce becomes thick and is the consistency of tomato ketchup.

4) Place aubergine slices in a deep baking tray in a single layer. Generously brush the top of each slice with the tomato sauce. Mix together cumin, black salt, mango powder and chilli flakes, and sprinkle on top of the aubergine slices. Seal the tray tight with aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 140C.

5) Serve with a dollop of thickened yogurt sauce and a sprinkle of the remaining chopped coriander on each slice.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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