February 23, 2007

E for Eggplant in Coconut Gravy

Eggplant is my favorite vegetable and I can have it for all my meals. I never understood why some people don’t like it, but I guess I am heavily biased toward it. If I have to do an A-Z of vegetables, it’ll probably look like this:

A for Aubergine (German, UK)
B for Baingan (Hindi)

E for Eggplant (US)
K for Katharikai (Tamil)
M for Makhua (Malaysia)

T for Terong (Thai)

V for Vankaya (Telugu) and so on.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise if I submit “E for Eggplant in coconut gravy” for Nupur’s A-Z of Indian Vegetables series. I used Japanese eggplants, the skinny long ones. They taste sweeter than the large round eggplants.

Ingredients:
Japanese eggplants – 3, cut into match sticks
Red onions – 1 medium, thinly sliced
Green chilies – 3, chopped
Ginger – ½ tsp, minced
Garlic – 2 cloves, chopped fine
Tomatoes – 2 ripe or ¼ cup tomato puree
Curry powder – 1 tsp
Coconut milk (light) – ½ cup
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Red chili powder – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste
Method:
  • Heat a large non stick skillet, sauté the eggplant pieces in 1 tsp oil until nicely browned on all sides. I used non-stick spray and worked in batches so that the skillet is not crowded and all the pieces are browned evenly. Remove and keep aside.
  • Heat 2 tsp oil in the same skillet, add onions, chilies, ginger and garlic and sauté till the onions are lightly browned.
  • Add turmeric, tomatoes, curry powder and red chili powder, cover and cook till the tomatoes get mushy (or until the tomato puree doesn’t smell raw anymore).
  • Add the fried eggplant pieces and 1 cup of water (use less if you don’t want your gravy to be runny), cover and cook for 5 -7 minutes until the eggplant pieces soak up the spices.
  • Add coconut milk, salt and cook for about 3 more minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with steaming hot rice.
Rice with Eggplant Curry and Lemon-Ginger pickle (Priya)

15 comments:

  1. hee hee! Very cute :) I am a huge eggplant fan so I am totally with you on this one!! Thanks for participating...

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  2. See how clever you are Pavani!!E for eggplants which looks great!
    I couldn't think of that and made Erissery with Caulflower!All the Keralites are going to beat me up to pulp now!;D

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  3. Hi Pavani, I love this gravy with the light coconut milk... will have to try soon! Looks great :)

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  4. Hey Pavani,
    Nice entry for "E". I am always on the lookout for eggplant recipes..Tell me, can I use small eggplants instead of long ones?
    Swaps

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  5. Eggplant with coconut milk, now that's a nice touch!

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  6. Hi Pavani, haven't tried eggplant with coconut milk. Looks yummy, will definitely try.

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  7. Pavni,
    Lovely dish gal. I am a big baingan urf eggplant lover and i have never tried it with coconut milk.
    Thanx for sharing

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  8. The coconut milk would make a hellava diff to the eggplant. I'm sure its delicious. Pictures are tempting, Pavani.

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  9. this sounds great!I love eggplant especially with coconut.will try this too!

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  10. Oh my goodness, that sounds sooooo delicious! I love eggplant...this recipe is definitely going on my to-make list :)

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  11. Thank you all for your comments.

    Hi Swapna, You can definitely use small baby eggplants for this recipe.
    Do try and let me know.
    Cheers
    Pavani

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  12. Hi Pavani,
    I just made this curry for dinner..and it turned out amazing..First, the fried eggplants tasted so good, that we ate 3-4 just like that..And the curry was delicious..
    A big THANKS from me and my hubby for this wonderful dish..

    Swaps

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  13. wow kathirikai, eggplant, brinjal however u name it, I am a big fan of this veggie. thanks for the attractive photo as well as the yummy recipe.
    Chk here for the traditional ennakathirikai kozhumbu:
    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/3031-post29.html

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  14. Thanks Swapna. I'm very glad that you liked the curry. Thanks for letting me know.

    Thanks Sanjana for visiting my blog. Will definitely check the site.

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  15. Mmmm your recipes look delicous!
    you have Great blog from Jeena :)


    visit jeena's kitchen healthy recipe blog

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