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Trini Style Baigan Choka Recipe

Baigan choka is a popular breakfast side dish in Trinidad. It is made with roasted eggplant and garlic, all mashed together and mixed with onions, seasonings, and hot oil. It has a wonderful smoky, sharp taste.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Caribbean, Indian
Keyword: choka


  • 2 eggplants
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion chopped
  • oil for sautéing
  • pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • tomatoes optional


  • Wash the eggplants.
  • Cut slits into them.
  • Push garlic cloves into these slits.
  • Place the eggplants on a wire rack over an open flame (on a gas stove top or grill).
  • Allow to roast for five minutes.
  • Rotate and continue roasting until the skins are completely charred and the eggplants are soft.
  • When completely soft (about 15 minutes), remove from the heat.
  • Place a small pot on medium heat.
  • Add oil and allow to heat up.
  • Sauté chopped onions and pepper.
  • Back to the eggplants, cut along their length.
  • Pull the skin apart and remove from the cooked flesh.
  • Place in a small bowl with the roasted garlic cloves.
  • Using the back of a fork, mash the cooked flesh until smooth.
  • Add salt, sautéed onions, pepper, and any other seasonings or tomatoes.
  • Serve hot with roti or other Trini foods.