Baigan Bharta (Mashed Brinjals)
Wash and wipe the brinjal. Roast it over direct flame for a few mintues, turning it often so that it cooks evenly. Roast till the brinjal shrinks, blackens and starts peeling off. Cool,peel and mash the brinjal.
Heat the oil in a pan.Add the asafoetida and cummin seeds and saute till the seeds are light brown in colour. Add 1/2 the chopped onion, ginger, garlic and green chillies. Saute on a low flame for about 5 mintues, stirring continously. Add the chopped tomato, mashed brinjal, chilli powder,turmeric powder and salt. Cook covered on a low flame for about 5 mintues.
Mash the brinjal thoroughly with the back of a ladle and add the remaining onion. Cook uncovered on a high flame for 2 mintues, stirring continuously. Add the garam masala and mix well.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and green chillies.
Serve hot with roti, naan or paratha.