Try it and tell me what you think.
250 g small eggplants
2 onions pureed
4 to 5 large tomatoes finely chopped
1 inch ginger finely grated
3 tsp turmeric
3 to 4 tsp red chilli powder
3 to 4 basil leaves finely chopped
2 to 3 sprigs of parsley finely chopped
1 tsp rosemary finely chopped
3 tbsp butter
8 to 10 garlic cloves chopped
3 tsp olive oil
3 tbsp maida or all purpose flour
salt to taste
Alright here it goes. First wash and slice the eggplants into small discs. Dry them on kitchen towels. Add 2 teaspoons of turmeric, 2 teaspoons of red chilli powder and salt to the dried slices and keep aside for a an hour or two to marinate.
Meanwhile heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a pan, add the grated ginger and pureed onions and fry till the onions turn slightly brownish. Now add the tomatoes and cook on a medium flame till the tomatoes turn tender. Mix in the chopped basil, parsley and rosemary, 1 tsp turmeric, 3 tsp red chilli powder, salt and a little water and cook so it forms a saucy consistency.
In a separate pan heat the butter, add a drizzle of olive oil and throw in the garlic pieces. Now I love my garlic to be a little chunky and bite sized. If you like it, you can crush the garlic, or mince it or make a paste. It is entirely an individual preference.
Heat some oil in a kadhai. Dip the eggplant slices in maida or rice flour (whichever suits you) and deep fry till they are nice and crispy. Drain the excess oil on tissue papers. (Might I also recommend that you can even use the larger ‘Bharta Wala Baingan’ and grill it in an oven instead of frying it. So much fleshier and healthier!)
Now comes the best part. Layer the eggplant slices in a plate, pour the tomato curry on top of the layers, drizzle the butter garlic sauce, and garnish with grated cheese (optional).
The older generation may not like the layered look so much, so just mix up the whole thing like a curry and serve. They won’t know the difference.
Anyway here is the picture.
I won’t write about the taste. I would much rather that my friends tried my recipe and told me what they thought about it.
I have also found some amazingly aromatic bamboo shoots in my local supermarket. I plan to incorporate it in my blog soon. Till then, ta da!