bharta

noun bhar·ta \ ˈbər-tə \
variants: or less commonly bhartha play \ˈbər-tə\ or bhurta play \ˈbər-tə\

Definition of bharta

: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 FabricantNew York Times10 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 ShoffnerWashingtonianNovember 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 SheratonNew York Times30 Nov. 1979

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Origin and Etymology of bharta

borrowed from Hindi bhartā, bhurtā


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