Baked Brinjal

Baked Brinjal veg

From   K for Kids

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 40 mi

Method: Easy

Course: Main Course

Type: Fusion

The long hours spent at preparing this dish will be well worth it when you see the kids simply licking the dish clean

Ingredients

  • Large brinjals 2
  • Black pepper powde 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil to brush
  • Tomato concasse
  • Tomatoes, chopped 2 cups
  • Tomato puree 2 cups
  • Olive oil 3 tbsps
  • Garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp
  • Medium onion, finely chopped 1
  • Red chilli flakes 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder ½ tsp
  • Sugar ½ tsp
  • Dried oregano 2 tsps
  • Fresh basil leaves 8
  • White sauce (bechamel sauce)
  • Butter 4 tbsps
  • Refined flour 4 tbsps
  • Milk 3 cups
  • Cheese slices 5
  • Black pepper powder ½ tsp
  • Salt ½ tsp
  • Sugar ½ tsp
  • Medium potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed 2
  • Cheddar cheese, gratred ½ cup

Methods

  • Cut brinjals into 1.5 cm thick slices, Brush them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper powder over them.
  • Heat a non-stick grill pan, place the brinjal slices in it and grill, turning sides, till golden brown on both sides.
  • To make tomato concasse, heat oil in a non-stick pan, add garlic and saute till brown. Add onion and saute till translucent.
  • Add chilli flakes, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, chilli powder, pepper powder , sugar and salt and mix well. Cook till the sauce thickens.
  • Add oregano and torn basil leaves and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 200º C.
  • To make white sauce (béchamel sauce), melt butter in another non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Add refined flour, saute stirring constantly with a whisk, for 1 minute taking care that the colour does not change.
  • Add sugar, pepper powder and salt and mix. Add milk and cook, stirring continuously, till the sauce thickens. Add cheese slices and mix well till the slices melt and the sauce becomes creamy.
  • Add the mashed potatoes and mix well.
  • Spread a layer of the grilled brinjal slices at the base of a baking dish, followed by layers of tomato sauce and white sauce. Repeat these layers till all the ingredients are used ending with white sauce.
  • Lastly sprinkle grated cheese on top, keep the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Take the baking dish out of the oven.
  • Spoon out on serving plates and serve hot.