Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Eggplant with Kalonji

Feb 3rd 2010

This recipe was a hit the day I tried it out. With K's never ending love affair with eggplant and my don't care much about you relationship with the vegetable, I am always looking for new recipes to try in the hope that I will come to love it. I succeeded with this one :)

This recipe is a little bit time consuming but no pain without gain remember, so roll your sleeves and let's get to work.

Time required: 45 min

Difficulty level: Medium


Method de Preparation:
  1. Heat water in a vessel and when it begins to boil, immerse the tomatoes and allow to boil/cook well for about 8 -10 min or more. They will slightly crack and the skin will start to open out.
  2. In the meantime, take a lot of oil (for frying) in a pan and heat. When the oil is heated well, fry the eggplant [chopped in the size of a french fry]. Allow for a min or so till cooked or slightly browning. Another indicator is the fizz sound settles down.
  3. Drain the oil out from the eggplant with a tissue and keep aside.
  4. Peel the tomatoes and chop into pieces.
  5. Take a little bit of oil in a pan, add the kalonji seeds and then ginger garlic paste.
  6. When raw smell goes, add the tomatoes and saute for a few min.
  7. Add salt, turmeric and chilly powder.
  8. Add the eggplant towards the end and garnish with cilantro.
  9. Enjoy with rotis.
Chef's tip: Frying the eggplants till tender and boiling the tomatoes in the hot water are key to ensuring the excellent taste this recipe offers.

Source: Prema chithi with an eggplant loving chithappa


SriAndal said...

seems like a yummy dish..sure to try it out next time i buy eggplant..great work anu..keep it coming..

SireeshaBollam said...

What is Kalonji? Where can i get it?

Anu Karthik said...

@ rani: let me know how it works out.
@ sireesha: hi :) it is just onion seeds. if you click on Kalonji on this page, i direct you to google images. you should be able to get it in any indian store. it looks a lot like black sesame seed.

Meera said...

Yumm.. me likes Baba Ghanouj as well with Pita Bread!!!!

Anu Karthik said...

@ meera: have eaten it once I think, don't really remember.

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