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October 05, 2015

Eggplant with Yogurt sauce (Dahi Baingan)

Blogging Marathon# 57: Week 1/ Day 3
Theme: Eggplant Dishes from here
Dish: Dahi Baingan
After 2 International eggplant dishes (Imam Biyildi and Eggplant Parmesan), I made an Indian dish for the final day. It was really tough picking dishes from Valli's list because I have already posted some of them on the blog and there are quite a few that I really wanted to try.
Baingan Hariyali Kadhi
This is supposed to be Dahi Baingan from the list. This dish is made in Orissa and West Bengal. But this recipe is not the traditional way of preparing it. From what I have seen, traditionally eggplants are marinated in spices and deep fried, then cooked in a yogurt sauce.

October 04, 2015

Eggplant Parmesan for 1

Blogging Marathon# 57: Week 1/ Day 2
Theme: Eggplant Dishes from here
Dish: Eggplant Parmesan
Today I have one of my most favorite non-Indian eggplant dish, Eggplant Parmesan. Fried breaded eggplant slices layered with cheese and marinara sauce makes this dish rich and calorie dense. I've eaten it a couple of times in restaurants and many times at buffet style parties.
Baked Eggplant Parmesan
I have already posted a lighter version of eggplant parm with roasted eggplant and creamed spinach. Today's recipe has all the components of the traditional Eggplant parmesan but is lighter on calories and it makes just 1 serving. So now I don't have to make wait for a special occasion or party to make this dish, I can make it whenever I feel like it.

October 03, 2015

Imam Biyildi (Turkish Stuffed Eggplant)

Blogging Marathon# 57: Week 1/ Day 1
Theme: Eggplant Dishes from here
Dish: Imam Biyaldi
We are back to our regular 3 days a week blogging this month. My theme for this week is 'Eggplant Dishes' and if you follow my blog you know my love for eggplant and there is no way I would miss this theme. Valli gave us a list of eggplant dishes to choose from, so for the next 3 days I will be posting 3 eggplant dishes from around the world.
Turkish Stuffed Eggplant
The baby and the big eggplants you see in the below pictures were picked fresh from the farm and the long Japanese eggplants are from my backyard garden. All these fresh eggplants were a great inspiration to cook for this theme.

October 02, 2015

Muvva Vankaya Kura (Baby Eggplant Curry)

I'm always looking for new eggplant recipes and when I find a new recipe, I try to make as soon as I can :-) This muvva vankaya (muvva=pearl vankaya=eggplant) curry recipe is from a Telugu cooking show that I duly noted down in my recipe diary. Valli already made the same dish few months back.
Gutti Vankaya Kura
We rarely get really small baby eggplants here, so it took me a while to get to this recipe. But luckily my mom found some beautiful baby eggplants at the Indian grocery a month back and I made this curry right away (so it has been sitting in the drafts for  while :-)).

Buffet on Table-Recap

Can't believe September flew right by and the BM group successfully completed yet another mega marathon. 'Buffet on Table' with different themes each week was very interesting. What I'll miss more than trying out all these international dishes is waiting to see what the other marathoners have cooked up for the day. 
Here's a recap of 'Buffet on Table':

Week 1: International Combo Dishes

Week 2: Indian States

Week 3: International Condiments

Week 4: International Breakfasts

Week 5: Bloggers Choice -- Preserving Summer Bounty

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 56.


October 01, 2015

Cucumber Tomato Sandwich with Hummus (for World Vegetarian Day)

Today is World Vegetarian Day, thanks to Mir for telling the group about this. After the month long mega marathon, I have quite a few posts in the drafts that need to be posted. So today seemed to be the best day to post one of them.
Cucumber & Hummus Sandwich
This sandwich recipe is made with Cuban bread, hummus and harissa that I made for the mega marathon. I also had some cucumber and tomatoes from my garden and I added them on top for a colorful sandwich. Serve with a soup and you have yourself a filling meal.

September 30, 2015

Slow Roasted Tomatoes (Preserving Summer Bounty)

Buffet on Table: Bloggers Choice
Day 26: Preserving Summer Bounty - Slow Roasted Tomatoes
It has been a great month of non stop blogging with our mega marathon, Buffet on Table. All good things have to come to end and today is the last day for the marathon :-( 
Today I have slow roasted potatoes recipe to preserve your summer tomato bounty. I only 3 tomato plants (cherry, roma and regular), but I've been getting quite a lot of tomatoes that needed to used up. 
Preserving Summer tomato bounty
Now I can imagine how much this bounty would be for people with lot of tomato plants -- they must be bombarded with tons of tomatoes. If you are one of them, then please share how you preserve your tomatoes in the comments below. Thank you.

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