Monday 28 July 2014

Eggplant in Tomato Gravy

Eggplant or brinjal is a very versatile vegetable. It can blend well with any flavour, be it spices, cheese or herbs. It is low in calories and high on nutrition. Eggplant has a good amount of vitamins B complex and minerals like iron, magnesium and potassium. It is a fun vegetable with which you can do many experiments, I do a lot with this vegetable. This recipe is cooked in an Indian style and very easy, I love this recipe. You can grow eggplants very easily at home but it needs a little care. So grill it, bake it, fry it (ok you can skip frying) or just cook it, it is delicious anyway. Hope you'll like it! Get the recipe here!!

You need
1/2 kg medium sized eggplants (I took purple one)
5 tomatoes (pureed)
1 inch long ginger (grated)
3 green chillies
1 tablespoon melon seeds
1 tablespoon dry mango powder (optional)
1 teaspoon black pepper powder

1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
2 tablespoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon sugar
salt to taste
3 tablespoon oil

1. Slit eggplants crosswise, leaving the end intact.
2. Mix  salt, pepper and dry mango powder. Rub the powder mixture in and out the eggplant.
3. In a pan, add 1 tablespoon oil and cook the eggplants for 10 minutes. Keep turning them, so that they are cooked from all sides equally.
4. Preheat the oven at 200 C.
5. On a baking tray, put the eggplants, chillies and sprinkle melon seeds. Bake for 20 minutes or till done.
6. In a bowl, mix together red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder with a little water. Make a smooth paste.
7. For the gravy, put the remaining oil in a wok, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, coriander seeds and  fennel seeds. Let them splutter.
8. Now add ginger and when it gets brown, put the masala paste in. Keep stirring for a  minute.
9. Lastly add the tomato puree and cook till done.
10. Season with sugar and salt.
11. Plate the eggplants and pour the tomato gravy on it. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Enjoy with any kind of bread!!!!

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