Thursday, 21 February 2013

Aubergine Curry

I am not going to make a habit of posting recipes or pictures of food BUT a friend asked me for this and as I was writing it out, I thought I might as well share.

At home this was my all time favourite dinner and it was simply called Aubergine Curry (big on creative writing, my lot). It is actually based on the much more romantically named Lake palace hotel's aubergine cooked in pickling style by Madhur Jaffrey, but over the years we've all tinkered with it a bit.

It turns out different every time, equally delicious but different, so I am never too fussy about measurements. 

It also freezes and keeps really well so it's still a pretty popular staple in our kitchen too.

Ingredients for four. 

One smallish (normal) aubergine per person

A tin of chopped tomatoes 
An inch cube of fresh ginger
Four large garlic cloves
Tbsp water

1 Tsp fennel seeds
1 Tsp coriander seeds
1 Tsp kalonji seeds (black onion)

1Tbsp ground coriander
1/4 Tbsp tumeric
1/4 Tbsp cayenne pepper
1/2 Tbsp sea salt

Table spoon of  veg oil for frying spices
Extra veg oil for brushing aubergine slices

Slice your aubergines into generous 1 cm rounds. Brush them with a little vegetable oil, lay them on a baking tray and bake in a medium oven until they are cooked through and the skin is curling.

While your aubergines are cooking, finely chop your ginger and garlic, then add them to a pestle and mortar/mixer with a Tbsp of water and bash up till you have a watery paste.

Heat up a decent size frying pan (everything will end up in it) and add a Tbsp of oil until it's hot. Then toast your three spice seeds (coriander, fennel and kalonji) until they release their scent. 

Add your tin of chopped tomatoes, the ginger/garlic mix and the ground spices. Give it a good stir, add a little extra water you want the sauce to go a bit further and then let it simmer away for 15 minutes or so.

When it's got a bit sticky and everything has cooked together, chop up your cooked aubergines into smaller pieces and mix in gently.

Cook for another 10 minutes of so and you're done. Serve with rice or flat bread. It also goes really well with white fish like cod if you fancy a bit of protein (who doesn't?).

{Aubergine by Tartelette.}

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