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July 28, 2013

Baingan Bharta: Eggplant Curry

Eggplant Curry
Eggplant Curry




For the last week my husband has been off work for vacation. Now for most people this would be a good thing. While I enjoy spending time with my husband I am ready for him to go back to work. I have a clear system to my weekdays. Everyday I get up and have my cup of coffee and spend about 1/2 just by myself until my kids wake up. Then the day goes pretty much the same until my husband gets home. Summers are harder since both of my kids are home all day. I prefer the school year where my oldest goes to the bus at 7:30 and it's just my youngest and I the rest of the day. I have always been this way. While some people like things to happen as they come, I'm a planner. I prefer things to be planned out and know far ahead of time before the event happens. All this ties in with my husband being on vacation. It spells more housework for me and a rift in my everyday flow. Most of all I am exhausted from his vacation and need a week to recover. I think I need a vacation from my husband's vacation. Since my husband has been home for the last week I have been trying to make a larger variety of foods. Last week I tried a new recipe for Baingan Bharta (Eggplant Curry) from the new All Recipes magazine.

Roses at Ritter Park Rose Garden Huntington, WV
Roses at Ritter Park Rose Garden Huntington, WV


This recipe has 11 ingredients. It takes 50 minutes of total time, 20 minutes of which is active and makes 3 servings. I did make a few changes to the original recipe. First, I doubled the recipe. One eggplant would not have been enough to feed my family of four. I did only use one seeded jalapeno, instead of doubling the amount to two since my two boys aren't fans of spicy foods. I allowed the onions to fully caramelize before following the remainder of the recipe. Caramelized onions have a great taste and I love using them in recipes. I allowed my veggies to cook on medium with the lid on for 10 minutes. The eggplant that I used was large and it didn't fully cook during the oven baking time so the additional cooking time allowed it to soften. 

Roses at Ritter Park Rose Garden Huntington, WV
Roses at Ritter Park Rose Garden Huntington, WV


My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe. While it does not photograph well, it tasted delicious. The eggplant taste was mellow and not overpowering. My two kids tried it, but they weren't too impressed. The recipe is definitely more adult friendly. It's a nice way to have curry at home without having to pay for expensive take out or restaurant food.

The rose pictures are from the rose garden at the park by our house. My kids love visiting it and my husband and I actually were married in it 10 years ago in August. It really is a beautiful place to visit!

For the recipe go to Baingan Bharta (Eggplant Curry).

19 comments:

  1. The roses do look gorgeous. I'm a planner too so I know what you mean.

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    1. Thanks :) The rose garden is gorgeous, I love it!

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  2. When my husband is home from work he is always under foot after a few days. One or two days is fine, but a whole week is too much.

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    1. I feel the same way with my husband :)

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  3. Pretty roses! I know what you mean about craving routine. The beginning of the school year is something we look forward to for getting more structure back in the house.

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    1. My oldest starts school next week and I can't wait :)

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  4. What beautiful roses! My great grandmother used to grow stunning roses, and I may try my hand at some next year. Not sure how well I'll do though.

    I hear you on husbands messing up routines. My husband's weekends are Tuesday and Wednesday and it always throws things off. Crazily enough when I was home from work on the 4th he told me that I was throwing his day off! I guess we all get used to how we do things.

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    1. My mom grew beautiful roses too, I loved them growing up! My husband told me that I messed up his routine last week too :)

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  5. I totally understand how you feel. I LIVE FOR ROUTINES, haha. Really, I do. Two more weeks of summer vacation and we can get back to normal, finally. Sigh. Love them to pieces but it's getting a little tedious after 11 weeks...

    The eggplant looks so good. I love eggplant and we love curries too so this is very appealing to me.

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    1. My son starts next week, I am counting down the days! I love eggplant too, it's great!

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  6. Great rose shots! Youb should enter some of these in a photo competition.

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    1. You're sweet :) I'm trying to include more photos in my posts so my readers can see life around where I live!

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  7. I'm not a fan of eggplants but I do love curry and this looks delicious. I can definitely understand about needing a vacation from hubby's vacation. I always feel like that when the kids are out of school. I'm ready for them to go back 2 weeks later. :)

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    1. The nice thing about this recipe is that it doesn't taste overly like eggplant. It's sweet which covers the eggplant taste. I am more than ready for my oldest to start school next week :)

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  8. Hi Ann~ I totally agree with you, I love my husband and enjoy spending time with him but he leaves for work on Sunday nights and comes home on Thursday nights....so when he is home a week!! I am glad to see him go back to work. lol I love your rose pictures too~ I have to admit I have never tried curry, of any kind! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Curry is yummy! I make it about once a month, it's easier than you think to make at home.

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  9. Ann una verdadera delicia su receta de berenjenas ...la sigo con devoción con amigos de Estados Unidos que viven aquí en Chile...sus rosas maravillosas también las tengo en mi jardín,hugs.,hugs.

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    1. Thanks :) It turned out delicious and was a great way to eat more eggplant!

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