Imagine if Babaganoush and Bengali Eggplant Bharta or Begun Pora fell in love with each other and got married. Their bright-eyed, precocious first born would be this lovely salad-like dip that I present today. We had it over flatbreads as a starter.
While I love babaganoush, the Bengali Eggplant Bharta was entirely new to me. I'll likely never go back to plain babaganoush ever again—absolutely delicious. The cumin, the lime, the cilantro and mint are all heavenly. I love that it all comes together in one bowl, which maintains the colors and textures of the tomatoes, onions, and herbs, while enrobing them the silken eggplant. I even made a batch of naan on an 85° day to celebrate a perfect mash-up. —boulangere