Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Eggplant Curry

Eggplant Curry

Prep time: 45 minutes (start rice when you begin)
2-3 T butter and/or peanut oil (I used canola, though)
1 T mustard seeds
2 T sesame seeds (didn’t have any, so left them out)
2 t cumin seeds
1 ½ cups chopped onions
1 ½-2 t salt
2 t turmeric
¼ t cayenne, possibly more, depending on tolerance/preference
2 medium eggplants (7-8” long, 4’ diam at roundest point), cut into 1” cubes
Water, as needed
2 cups fresh or frozen green peas
Optional: 1 small bunch fresh cilantro, minced(didn’t have any, so I had to do without)

1- Heat butter or oil over medium heat in a very large, deep skillet or dutch oven. Add seads, and sauté till they begin to pop, about 5 minutes.

2- Add onion, salt, turmeric, and cayenne. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes, or till onion is translucent.

3- Add eggplant . Cook, stirring from the bottom regularly, for 15-20 minutes, until the eggplant is soft. You might add a little water if mixture is too dry. Cover the pan between stirrings.

4- Steam the peas till they are just tender and bright green. Serve the curry over rice, topped with peas and freshly minced cilantro.

6-8 servings

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