For this Friday's foodie talk, I'd like to talk about vegetables; eggplant to be a little more specific.
I know, vegetables aren't looked upon very favorably specially here in America. So I decided to break it up, introduce some eastern spices into the mix and present a few variety of vegetarian eggplant dishes.
1) Eggplant curry: It can be prepared in several different combinations, with potatoes and tomatoes, or bell peppers. Overcooked eggplant provides a good creamy consistency to the gravy and can be a good accompaniment to other vegetables or beans.
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5) Grilled eggplant in tomato sauce: This particular dish would be my variation on an eggplant dish to make that is most familiar to American taste-buds. Grilled eggplant (remove peel if its too hard to bite) and grilled zucchini served with marinara sauce and topped with sliced tomatoes. Its a good accompaniment for pasta as a vegetarian sauce option.
I make a few other variety of eggplant dishes that I didn't make recently and didn't get a chance to photograph them:
a) small sliced eggplant with yogurt gravy,
b) thick slices of eggplant cooked on a skillet for a Panini sandwich
c) Eggplant bharta, which is a sautéed version of the chokha and can be easily found in north Indian restaurants across the world.
d) Fritters made with sliced eggplant dipped in chickpea flour batter.
I'll share more ideas and recipes for vegetable cooking along with other gastronomic indulgences from my life, in the hope of inspiring you to try something fresh from you local farmers market.