bhar·​ta ˈbər-tə How to pronounce bharta (audio)
variants or less commonly bhartha
or bhurta
: an Indian dish of vegetables (such as eggplant and often onion or tomato) that have been cooked usually by roasting and then mashed together with pungent spices
Among the vegetables, the … bharta eggplant was beguilingly spiced …Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 10 May 1981
While many diners visit an Indian restaurant because they crave a lamb vindaloo or an eggplant bharta or another familiar standard, the predictable list of dishes offered locally hardly represents the rich variety of the Indian kitchen.Robert Shoffner, Washingtonian, November 1994
The eggplant bhartha, cooked down with ginger and garlic into almost a paste, was smooth and musky, to the point that it could be considered more of a dip than a dish.Sarah Musgrave, The Gazette (Montreal), 7 Jan. 2006
Try the silken eggplant bhurta that is baked over an open flame, then mashed with sautéed onions …Mimi Sheraton, New York Times, 30 Nov. 1979

Word History


borrowed from Hindi bhartā, bhurtā

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bharta was in 1891

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near bharta

Cite this Entry

“Bharta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!