Parsnip Mash (Deshi Style Bharta)

In South Asia, a ‘bharta’ generally means a mashed dish of sorts. It can be made with pretty much anything. ie. vegetables, chicken, meat or fish. You’ll find many of these recipes on my site depending on what you’re looking for. Many of you will be familiar with ‘baigan bharta’ which is mashed eggplant and tends to be on every menu in an Indian restaurant. The recipe is also available here on my site.

Ingredients:  (Serves 3-4)                            

2-3 large parsnips

1/4 red onion

2-3 thai green chillies (depending on how hot you like it)                     

1 tablespoon Mustard oil

A handful of Fresh Coriander (cilantro)

Salt to taste

How to:

  • Peel and wash the parsnips and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Place in the Ninja Foodi Air Crisp basket. Pour 1 cup of water into the Ninja pot.
  • Assemble the pressure cooking lid, turn the valve to Seal, and set the pressure to 8 mins on High. Hit start. Now you can prepare the other ingredients.
  • Thinly slice or dice the onion and toss into a large mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients above and mix well.
  • Once the pressure cooking is done, release the valve by turning it to Vent. Once all the pressure has been released, carefully remove the lid.
  • Place parsnips in the bowl with your mixture in it and mash well whilst mixing in all the flavors. Add salt and mustard oil to taste as needed.


This dish is served cold and can be eaten with rice or chapatti. Also goes really well with daal (lentil curry). 

Recipe by Sabina Huq. Pic to follow.

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