Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spicy Eggplant



My husband loves eggplant and I am always on the lookout to make different varieties of eggplant dishes. Other day I came across this very nice recipe for badane gojju posted by Sangeetha. She blogs at http://enelm.blogspot.com/. Being that I am a kannadiga, I am a little partial to these dishes. I liked that it was quick and easy to make with very few ingredients. I decided to give it a try.I didn't want it mushy, so I didn't make it mushy. Instead of sambar powder, I used rasam powder as I have lots of rasam powder in my pantry which I don't use much. My husband loved it! Here is the recipe with my twist on it.

Servings: 4


Ingredients:


Eggplant : 1 medium-sized, diced medium.
Cooking oil: 2 tbsp
Curry leaves: 1 sprig
Green chillies: 2 slit lengthwise.
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Rasam powder: 1 tbsp
Tamarind pulp: 1/4 tsp ( if using dried tamarind, use marble sized ).
Jaggery/ brown sugar: 1 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp

Method:

Heat oil in a skillet/ frying pan on medium heat.


Add the diced eggplant and sauté for 2-3 mins. 

When the eggplant seems a little wilted, add turmeric powder, slit green chillies. Sauté on low heat until the eggplants are half-cooked.

Now add the tamarind, jaggery, salt,rasam powder and curry leaves and sauté for 2 mins. 

Add 1/2 cup water and let it simmer until the eggplant is well-cooked.

Serve hot with rice/ roti/ bread.

Enjoy!

Cooking made easy:

When you cut eggplants, place the chopped pieces in cold water that has a pinch of salt added to it. This prevents the eggplant from getting discolored.

Tip for healthy living:


In the morning upon waking, wash your face lightly.The oil in the skin after sleeping is actually beneficial for the good health of the skin. This oil nourishes the skin, keeps it supple and young. When you wash this oil off, you are actually drying your skin.

The best time to wash your face thoroughly is in the evening/ night when you come home from outside. It is essential to cleanse your face free of the dirt/dust and grime. Never leave make-up on and go to sleep.

Food for thought:


The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.Aristotle