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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Oriental Eggplant Curry

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I don't see these green eggplants in the market often. When I did, I was overjoyed and grabbed a handful to make this spectacular dry curry.
 Ingredients:
  • 8 Green Oriental Eggplants
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Wedges, for Garnish
  • Cilantro stalks, for garnish
For the Marinade:
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp Chili Powder or less/more
  • Salt, as needed
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Juice of half lemon
Procedure:
  • Clean the eggplants.
  • Add the dry powders and salt to a small bowl. Pour Oil into the bowl.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice into the mix. 
  • Mix well. Taste a bit of this mix and check if more salt or chili powder is needed. The paste should be thick and not runny. 
  • Halve the eggplant keeping the crown intact. Afterwards, put deep slit from top to bottom without splitting them further. This pockets holds the marinade better. 
  • Smear the masala into the slits and over the eggplant. Let it sit for 30 minutes. 
  • Add a few tbsp of oil in a wide non-stick pan. Dump the leftover marinade and saute for a minute.
  • Place the marinated eggplants in a single layer without overlaping and let them cook for a minute or 2. Then turn them the other way, lid the pan and cook at low flame. Little water may be sprinkled from time to time to cook the egplants.
  • Some 30 minutes later the eggplants are  well cooked.
  •  Garnish with Lemon Wedges and Cilantro Stalks. They can be enjoyed with Rice based dishes.



Enjoy! 
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21 comments:

  1. never used these eggplants, looks delicious

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  2. Delicious looking eggplant curry. I have never seen these slender green ones in the market, they look tender & yummy.

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  3. oh these look delicious..loving the look and flavors..wonderful..!!

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  4. Wow CL, those pictures are stunning and must tell you that the stuffing is so good..I don't know why you call this Oriental?.

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  5. WE get these brinjals here and I must try it .Looks inviting and the marinade sounds delicious....Boookmarked...

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  6. This sounds similar to our Gutivankaya kura in Andhra cuisine but little difference is there those brinjals looks so tempting..

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  7. not an eggplant fan, but flavor profile looks good

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  8. yummy.. eggplants are my fav. I have never tried this before.. bookmarked!

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  9. This looks delicious! Can't wait to try this recipe!!!

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  10. Hi Lassi

    Lovely pics of eggplant curry. Looks so tasty.
    Deepa

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  11. Looks great am a big fan of stuffed brinjal

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  12. Looks delicious!!!Not used this variety....Will soon try.

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  13. Omg, this is truly mouth watering

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  14. looks very good. i have never worked with green eggplant

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  15. it seems like our kind of recipe....we do get these eggplants here..so would love to try...very beautiful pictures

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  16. Omg, wish i live near you, wat an irresistible eggplant curry.

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  17. Wish I had purchased some more of these beautiful egg plant today. We do not get these often so the lament.
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