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Monday, 30 January 2012

Masala Bhaingan

1 big Bhaingan.

11/2 tbspn coriander powder
1 tspn red chilly powder
2 tspn dry mango powder
1/4 tspn turmeric
salt as per taste.
1 tbspn oil.

Mix all the spices together including salt.

Mix all the spices well with your hand or a spoon.

Wash the eggplant well. Wipe it dry and cut into circular discs as shown:

Now make slits in each disc in a criss cross fashion. The slits should not be too deep.

Flip and make slits on both sides of the disc.

Open or widen the slits and add the spice powder in the slits.

Heat oil in a non stick pan.

Once the oil becomes hot put the eggplant in the pan and keep the flame on medium.

Add some oil on the top portion of each disc.

Lower the flame and cover with a lid.

After about 3-4 minutes open the lid and flip each disc.

Again add some oil on top.

Cover and let the other side cook now.

Open and check again after about 3-4 minutes.

Cook for a few more minutes if the eggplant is not done, adding a little more of oil with a spoon (so the eggplant does not look too dry) and cover with lid. Flip accordingly to make sure both sides are done well.

Masala Bhaingan is ready. You can have them with Roti or Paratha. They taste delicious. You can also top them up with a slice of tomato, cheese, finely chopped green chillies and some chopped oives with lemon squeezed on top and serve them as a starter.

Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people. ~Elizabeth Berry

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