Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sauteed Eggplant Curry

I make this eggplant curry quit often when I am craving a rice and curry meal.  I love Traditional Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry, but I find it very time consuming because you have to deep fry the eggplant first.  This a simple sauteed method that saves on calories, has amazing flavor and  makes me just as happy. 

1 large American Eggplant
1 medium onion chopped
1-2 green chilies sliced (jalapeno or serrano)
10-15 curry leaves
1-2 pandan leaves
1/2 Tbs grated fresh ginger
1/2 Tbs grated fresh garlic
salt to taste
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 mustard seeds
1/2 fennugreek seeds
1 inch of cinnamon stick/bark
1 tsp ground turmeric
Chili Powder (or Cayenne) to taste.
1-2 tbs of roasted curry powder
1 tsp of sugar (to taste)
1 tsp of vinegar (I used rice vine vinegar).
salt to taste
1/4 cup water
1 cup coconut milk

Cut the eggplant into small sized diced pieces. Put it into a bowl and tossed it with some salt and some turmeric powder. 
Then in a non-stick pan (I recommend non-stick because you will not need to use too much oil)add 2-3 tbs of canola oil on medium high heat. Then add the cumin seed,  mustard seed, fennugreek seeds, cinnamon, curry leaves and pandan leaves. Fry until fragrant, but careful not to burn the seeds.

Next add Onions, chilies, ginger, garlic add a little salt here to season the onions. Saute' until translucent.  Then add eggplant and saute.

Then add  Chili Powder (or Cayenne), roasted curry powder, sugar,
vinegar and more salt to taste. **Remember you added salt to the eggplant earlier.  Saute' all ingredients well.  Finish with 1 cup coconut milk and 1/4 cup water. Simmer for 15-20 minutes on medium heat. Stir occasionally.Taste for salt and seasoning here.  Enjoy.

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  1. Your curry always looks sooooo good!

  2. looks so yummy. I am drooling here. Love the beautiful clicks.

  3. Man, this looks so good. I love eggplant! What a great dish for this cold weather.

  4. Looks sooo good. I am a huge fan of anything eggplant. This looks amazing.

  5. I've never heard Black Beauties called American eggplant. I guess that means they aren't grown outside the U.S.? Well, your American eggplant curry looks delicious! Curry eggplant is one of my favorite dishes so I'm bookmarking this one for sure.

    1. Yikes.... I never thought to where they grow them... but these are the eggplants that you find in the regular American grocery store. I used this resource... hope it's not wrong. :)

      I have only heard of Chinese, Indian, Italian and white eggplant before I saw that site. Good to know they are also called American Beauties. :) Hope you like the curry my friend. :)

    2. Oops... I meant black beauties.. I got the eggplant and the movie mixed up. :)

  6. Eggplant curry is one of my favourites my friend it looks delicious :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Always go with what makes you happy, and I see why this dish does. I love all the spices.

  8. Looks delicious :). Love the step by step pics.

  9. Hi Ramona,

    Where do you get the roasted curry powder?

    1. I get roasted curry powder from Sri Lanka (maybe available online). But you can use any curry powder you like and just saute in the oil to get a roasted flavor. Hope that helps.


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