Baingan Bharta ? It is a vegetarian dish, which originated in Punjab, that is prepared by mincing eggplant (baingan) that is grilled over charcoal or direct fire. This infuses the dish with a smoky flavour. A very popular vegetarian dish in the Indian cuisine and a hot favorite of many, is easy to prepare & delicious when served with Indian flat breads. Baingan Bharta is the Indian version of Baba Ghanoush, the Levantine or Syrian dish of mashed cooked eggplant.