100 Favorite Dishes: Baingan Bartha From Woodlands Vegetarian Indian Cuisine

As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to John.Linn@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No. 55: Baingan Bartha from Woodlands Vegetarian Indian Cuisine

Savory roasted eggplant is infused with spices and made creamy at Woodlands, a Southern Indian restaurant in Lauderhill that serves only vegetarian dishes. Its baingan is spicy and smooth, like baba gannouj that grew a backbone. It's best when served over a bit of rice and scooped up in Woodland's naan bread, puffy and light and full of yeasty, fresh-baked flavor. The eggplant -- like most other dishes at Woodlands -- costs only about $7.

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