Baigan (Eggplant) Choka

I have never been a big fan of eggplant. However, making it this way adds flavor and for some reason gets rid of that scratchy feeling I get in my throat sometimes when eating eggplant.
In Trinidad, “choka” essentially means pureed. It is a tasty way to prepare eggplant (you may know it under the name of Baba Ganoush) but also tomatoes, potatoes and even avocado (aka guacamole).

Baigan choka

Coming out of the oven

Adapted from Sada Roti and Baigan Choka

Ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 tbsps canola or olive oil
  • ½ onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • hot pepper (if you like your food spicy)

Method:

1. Cut five longitudinal slits in eggplant and place in oven on medium heat for 40-45 minutes until soft and roasted.
2. Cut open eggplant lengthways and spoon out flesh into a bowl (dispose of skin).
3.  Mash the eggplant until smooth and then add half the raw garlic and onion.
4. In a small pan, heat oil and fry remaining garlic and onion until golden brown.
5. Pour fried garlic and onion into eggplant.
6. Add salt, pepper and hot pepper if you so desire. Mix well.

Enjoy with some roti or if you are feeling lazy, some flour tortillas can do the trick!

Have a good weekend folks!

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One thought on “Baigan (Eggplant) Choka

  1. i get that weird scratchy feeling, too! and the texture can be gross a lot of the time. but done well, eggplant can also be tasty (it unfortunately doesn’t make good leftovers, though!). i think i might try this 🙂

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