Eggplant, Melongene, Bygan, whatever you call it its one good, yummy, healthy vegetable that can be made into a lot of good dishes and cooked a plethora of different ways.
Eggplants are one of my favorite vegetables to cook with. I can curry it, fry it, steam it, bake it or like todays dish, roast it!
Roasting Eggplants brings out the creamy, smokiness of it. In Trinidad we call an Eggplant bygan. This is just the West Indian way of calling it. Hence the name for this recipe is called Bygan Choka.
Normally you would roast the eggplant on the stove top, add raw onion, salt and pepper and that would be the dish. A few years ago I visited a friends home and her mom who is Guyanese, made this and she added a dab of butter to it…OMG it was delicious! It literally brought out the creaminess of this dish!
Add the roasted tomatoes is just my twist on it. I love adding tomatoes to my Eggplant Choka. Frying the onions softens it so that you are not eating raw onions and then going to have long conversations with people or even worst going on a date later on!
Have a great weekend all!