Foodie alphabet challenge and recipe for baingan bharta (mashed eggplant)

Eggplant and tomatoes

I accepted a foodie alphabet challenge from Steph from Avolicious. Her blog is fabulous! She agreed to the challenge from Shadee from Izzie’s Kitchen who also has an awesome blog. Steph and I have a monthly collaboration series coming up, so stay tuned for more about that! But back to the foodie alphabet challenge. What is it you say? It’s a list of my favorite foods according to the alphabet, and I threw in a new recipe too with one of them. I totally gave it away in the title!

A: Asparagus

B: Broccoli

C: Chicken or corn (tough one to pick)

D: Dasheen (also called  Taro or Eddo), it’s a root vegetable

E: Eggplant

F: Fries

G: Grapes – They make wine, enough said!

H: Habanero peppers


I: Iceberg lettuce

J: Jerusalem artichoke

K: Kohlrabi

L: Lentils

M: Mango

N: Navy beans

O: Olives, Castelvetrano only,  they’re low to no brine (they’re sold at Costco)

P:  Potatoes, I know I listed fries, but I’m definitely not in denial, they’re important enough to me to stand alone!

Q: Quinoa

R: Rapini

S: Spaghetti

T: Tomatoes

U: Unsalted peanuts

V: Voavanga, also called Spanish tamarind or tamarind-of-the-Indies

W: Wine, if I can’t count it then watermelon

X: Xocolatl – Ancient Aztec word for chocolate (I stretched for this one)

Y: Yams

Z: Zucchini

Baingan bharta (mashed eggplant) recipe

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  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-3 habanero or wiri wiri peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


roasted eggplant

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Wash, pat dry and poke some holes in the eggplant with a fork. Roast them in an oven until the skin scorches and starts peeling off.
  • Let it cool. To speed up the process, you can cool the eggplant by dipping it in water. Remove the skin and mash it until it’s smooth.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Cook for half a minute and then add onions, and sauté until they’re translucent.
  • Add ginger and peppers and cook for a minute. Add the spices and mashed roasted eggplants and cook for seven to eight minutes over medium heat, stirring continuously.
  • Add salt to taste and the tomatoes and cook on medium heat for seven to eight minutes or until the oil
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Nutrition information for one serving (based on brands used)

  • Calories: 152
  • Fat: 4.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.6g
  • Protein: 4.1g

Some health benefits


  • Eggplant: Improve heart health, blood circulation, digestion and immunity, nourish the brain, and help stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • Garlic: Improves blood pressure, cholesterol, and immunity, and helps reduce stress
  • Onions: Improves bone density and cardiovascular functioning, and is an anti-inflammatory.
  • Hot pepper: Protects against stress and certain diseases, help with pain management and inflammation.
  • Tomatoes: Improve heart and bone health, digestion and immunity, protect the eyes and help with weight management.

What are some of your favorites?



  1. This is a great idea! I am interested in some of the foods I’ve never tried before like the Spanish tamarind and the type of olives you mention. I’m not a huge fan of olives because they’re so salty. The recipe looks great too

    1. I love tamarind. And if you can find the olives, they are awesome. I hated olives up until last year, these taste like olive oil 🙂 And thanks so much for reading and commenting 🙂

    1. Thanks so much! X was a tough one! I had to do a search before I gave up and was super happy I found what I found. I love chocolate … but corn and chicken more haha! This allowed me all of them. I love this recipe. If you try it let me know what you think!

  2. Love this challenge. I feel like I need to write the foodie alphabet too. We are similar in most of the choices. Loved this eggplant dish. I do a similar one but with feta cheese instead. I wish you could eat feta haha

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