Eggplant Stew

Mediterranean cuisine is so much closer to our own than I had ever expected. Similar techniques, similar spices makes it one of the closest cousins of our food. I got hold of a couple of books from the library on the subject and of course found some interesting recipes. One of them was the Eggplant stew. I sort of tweaked on of the recipes to accommodate things in my pantry. I liked it and Honey loved it. We had it for dinner with rice and packed the leftovers for Honey's lunch.

Eggplant Stew

We will need

Eggplant/Brinjals 2 small (baby eggplants)
Masoor Dal/Lentils 1/2 c (Soak over night)
Tomato 1 giant
Onion 1 small
Garlic 2 cloves
Dhania powder 1 tsp
Chilly powder 1/2 tsp (adjust according to taste)
Turmeric scant 1/4 tsp
Jeera powder 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder /2 tsp
Olive oil 3 tbsp
Mint leaves 2 tbsp chopped
Salt
Lemon juice

Method:
  1. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. Throw in the onions followed by minced garlic.
    Saute till golden.
  2. Throw in the chopped Brinjal, saute for a few minutes and throw in all the spice powder.
  3. Mix well and saute for a few minutes till the masala smells cooked.
  4. Throw in the lentils, diced tomatoes and about 2 cups of water.
  5. Bring it to a quick boil and simmer till the lentils are tender and all the spiced are cooked.
  6. Finish with salt, mint leaves and a dash of lemon juice. Check before adding the lemon juice. Sometimes the tomatoes are tart and in that case, Lemon juice is entirely optional.
  7. Serve hot with rice and Boondi mixture


Sending it to the FIL Brinjal . Thanks a lot Nithya for letting me know. Dedicating this dish to my Honey for he is the one who gets to eat what ever comes out of my kitchen, and because he is sporty enough to try new tastes.

14 comments:

Ann said...

Thats sounds too good and yum

LG said...

looks delicious .. try maadbeku omme

Nithya said...

Looks awesome. Nice dish :)

First time to your blog and it looks perfect and interesting. will be here often.

Nithya said...

You can send it to this event if you are interested

http://sanghi-tastybites.blogspot.com/2009/06/fall-in-love-with-purplish-brinjal-for.html

Suparna said...

The twweaking seem to have worked wonders Smitha :) the dish looks very tasty!! Good one :)
Keep rocking!!
TC

Sush said...

chennagide Smitha

Smitha said...

@ Thanks Ann, LG, Suparna and Sushma

@Nithya, Hope to see you soon and very sweet of you to let me know about the event I will update it right away.

Pavithra said...

Looks awesone and mouthwatering ... I love eggplant will try this for sure...

Pooja said...

The stew looks so delicious! Never made this way before!

rajolisudhir said...

Photograph in the backgroud look good. Would love to try this. I am sure it tastes swell. Kid, I wish you lived next door.

Bits of Taste said...

Hi, this stew is simple delicious!

DEESHA said...

lovely stew .. this is new to me .. need to try this

Smitha said...

@Pavithra, glad you like eggplants.. I love them as well. But I know people who hate it..

@Pooja! yep..its got a sort of morrocon twist to it.

@Sudhir! I wish you did.. then i did get to eat fabulous food S akka prepares :)

@Deesha and bits of taste, thanks folks..

Sophie said...

WOW (impressed look). Your eggplant dish looks so yummy.

Here I bought a sauce pack for Sauce for Spicy Garlic Egg-plant so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.
http://yummiexpress.freetzi.com