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Archive for November, 2009

Easy Eggplant Curry

I made this curry tonight for some friends who came over and the recipe was requested. It’s another one adapted from 660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer. Reading over the recipe after dinner I’ve realised I never really read the recipe all the way through in the first place, so mine was a lot more different than I had intended. Mine was good, though.

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp urad dhal (optional)
1 tbsp whole coriander seeds
1 dried chilli, seeds removed and shredded (or more chillis as you like)
1 large eggplant, diced in 2cm cubes
salt to taste
12 curry leaves (actually I forgot to put these in, so I guess they are optional)
1tsp tamarind pulp or juice of half a lemon (also forgot to put this is – I’m not daft, I was just distracted by the three other things I was making at the same time).

Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Fry chilli, lentils and coriander seeds until fragrant and browned, 2-3 minutes (be careful not to burn them). Add eggplant and curry leaves, and fry until all the oil is absorbed. Then add about a quarter cup of water and cover for a bit. Cook until the eggplant is soft and mushy. You’ll need to stir it around a bit, and may need to add water again if it looks like it’s catching. If using tamarind, dissolve it in the water before adding. If using lemon juice, just add it at the end.
Add salt to taste and serve. Enjoy!