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.
  • 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
  • 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.

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

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

  3. 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?.

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

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

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

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

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

  9. Hi Lassi

    Lovely pics of eggplant curry. Looks so tasty.

  10. Looks great am a big fan of stuffed brinjal

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

  12. Omg, this is truly mouth watering

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

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

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

  16. 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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