Monday, January 9, 2012

Eggplant with mint , coriander and garlic

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Happy new year !! We are well into the 2nd week of the new year but its never later to send out warm wishes. After all if you stopped by to find out what's up with me then i do owe you the warmest wishes ever. So here's wishing you a happy and contented 2012 !!

We have been enjoying our new house specially during the holidays. Aamod loves riding his trike and there is definitely more space for his toys. Several friends have been coming over for lunch, dinners and tea , so my kitchen was incredibly busy. And I love that. We have all nicely settled down into our routines so to speak. Aamod seems to be having a good time at school too. Yes, there are some sobs and a few tears in the morning. But I love the hug and the grin when I go to pick him up.

We spend a lot of time playing with him. I generally wrap up dinner and the kitchen chores early so that I have some worry-free time with him. He makes us dance, jump and even run. He's learning every moment and we are learning from him too. His concentration and focus has always amazed us. I realized that the older we get the more distracted we are and so difficult it is to concentrate. That's good in one way since we are able to multi-task but it reduces our patience.

After all the holiday indulgences lets get back to some healthy food. This simple eggplant saute surely makes a satisfying meal with some whole wheat rotis. The trick is to cook the eggplant just right  without adding too much water.

If you love the freshness of mint in your food then this one is for you. We love mint in almost all things tea, pestos and stir-fries.

Eggplant with Mint,Coriander and garlic
(Recipe from eCurry)

What's needed :
7-8 medium sized eggplants ( washed and cut sprinkled with salt and soaked in water )
1/2 an onion chopped
1/2 bunch of mint ( tender leaves and stems only )
2-3 chilli pepper
3-4 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp chilli powder
5-6 tbsp of oil
salt to taste

How to:-
  • Make a paste of mint,coriander and garlic and set aside.
  • Over medium heat combine the onions, chilli pepper and saute till translucent.
  • Add the drained eggplants and allow to brown. Don't allow it to becoming mushy. Around 3-4 mins on medium-high heat.
  • Now add the mint,coriander and garlic paste. Also add the chilli powder,salt and turmeric.
  • If the mixture dries out add a splash of water just to clean out the pan.
  • Simmer and cover for 4-5 min or until the eggplant softens up.
  • Add more mint and serve hot with rotis.

This a dry vegetable stir fry with not much gravy. So like I said earlier, do not add a lot of water.  Just enough to cook the eggplant mixture. The original recipe uses tomato but I forgot about it and realized it only later. Use it if you like.

Enjoy the rest of  week and hope to see you soon !


Priya said...

Super flavourful eggplant fry,inviting.

Soma said...

Thank you much for giving it a try! yours look fabulous!