While everyone has their favorite vegetables, eggplants are considered a popular choice in Pakistan. It is known as ‘baingan’ in Urdu and is widely grown and eaten here. The fact is it comes in a range of textures and adds intense flavors to your dishes. Pakistan is one of the few nations which cultivates several varieties of eggplants, including the traditional purple eggplant, as well as smaller round varieties and long, slender ones. You will notice that the variety may have slightly different tastes, textures, and culinary uses.
They serve as versatile ingredients in Pakistani cooking. Some of the popular ways in which you can enjoy this common delight is through Baingan Bharta (roasted and mashed eggplant curry), Baingan Pakora (eggplant fritters), Baingan Salan (eggplant curry), and Baghara Baingan (stuffed eggplant curry). They are also used in vegetable curries, biryanis, and rice dishes. Eggplants are readily available throughout the year in Pakistan, but their peak season is during the summer and early autumn months. You can find them in local markets, grocery stores, and vegetable vendors across the country.
Why Eat Them?
Nutrients Loaded: It contains vitamins A, C, K, B vitamins, potassium, manganese, and folate.
Antioxidant Content: Eggplant contains potent antioxidants, especially anthocyanins, which are responsible for its vibrant purple color. Antioxidants help protect the body against oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and certain cancers.
Heart Health: The presence of anthocyanins helps lower blood pressure, reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and promote cardiovascular health.
Digestive Support: Eggplant is a good source of dietary fiber, which promotes healthy digestion and regular bowel movements.
Weight Management: The fiber content helps you feel fuller for longer, reducing the likelihood of overeating.
Brain Health: Eggplant contains nasunin, a potent antioxidant that has been shown to protect brain cells from damage.
Skin Benefits: The vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals in eggplant contribute to healthy skin.