Today, I have another recipe for the vegetable that goes by many names: eggplant, aubergine, brinjal. This purple vegetable is extremely versatile and cooked by many different cultures.
I quite enjoy eating the Punjabi version, and decided to make it at home for the family for a quick and healthy meal. The recipe is very easy, and takes about 30 minutes to cook. With only 5 minutes needed for prep, this is a healthy, simple, flavourful dish that anyone can make.
Find the original recipe on Tarla Dalal’s website.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 2 medium sized eggplants, about 750 grams
- 1/2 teaspoon of oil (for greasing the eggplant)
- 1 tablespoon ghee (purified butter)
- 1 teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)
- 1/2 cup minced onions
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of crushed ginger
- 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
- 2 finely chopped green chillies (less if you want less spicy)
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes (or 1 can of peeled plum tomatoes, drained and chopped)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin (jeera) powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon coriander (dhaniya) powder
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Wash and dry the eggplant. Cover with oil and roast on an open flame until it is cooked. I use the open flame on my gas stove top. This usually takes anywhere from 8-13 minutes. Keep rotating so that it cooks evenly. When it starts really smoking, it’s well cooked.
- Peel the skin and discard. Mash up the eggplant and set aside. You can use a fork or potato masher.
- In a shallow pan, heat up the ghee and add cumin seeds. When the seeds begin to crackle, add the onions and sauté until they become translucent and start to brown a bit.
- Add the ginger, garlic and chillies and continue to sauté for a few more seconds. Be careful, as the aromatics tend to burn quickly, especially if the heat is too high.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, curry powder and salt. Cook until oil starts to seep out.
- Add the mashed up eggplant and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- Garnish with optional fresh coriander and serve with rice or paratha.
I hope you guys enjoyed this simple but fresh and tasty recipe! Definitely try making it – Tarlal Dalal knows what she’s talking about. Happy eats, everyone!