I love to eat eggplant, also called aubergine or brinjal. We grew up eating a lot of this lovely vegetable because my parents used to plant a lot of them in the vegetable garden. I love the way my mom used to cook it….saltish, sweet and a little spicy. It goes great with just plain rice. I could eat just that and rice alone and I would be a very happy girl.
These few days there seems to be quite a lot of mentions about this special vegetable, eggplant. A few friends have been talking about it. When I went with my friend to supermaket the other day, she bought one. When I went there the day before, a big box of beautiful eggplants caught my eyes. It somehow stood out among the rest. Could I have been thinking too much? Anyway, I couldn’t resist the temptation so I bought 2 and cooked for dinner yesterday. I just love it. It was really good, so did my daughter say too. It’s simple, easy and quick to cook this healthy Chinese dish. It is a delicious vegetarian dish. Here’s my recipe to share:
Cut the eggplants into cubes and then soak them in a basin of water. I’m not sure why I have to soak but my mum always told us to soak them in water for about 30 minutes before cooking. Just how interesting it is that we always follow what our mom did without knowing the reason why!
Heat up some oil in a wide based frying pan. Add in the diced eggplant and fry until it’s browned, soft and smells fragrant. Dish it up with a slotted spatula onto a plate lined with kitchen towels to soak away some of the oil. Don’t throw away the oil in the frying pan. Pour in the garlic and onions and fry until fragrant.
1 whole garlic (peel and mince)
2 purple onions (peel and dice it fine)
Add the minced garlic and diced purple onions to the pan and fry until fragrant.
3T soya light sauce
4T sweet chili sauce
1/2 T sesame oil
Mix everything together in a small bowl
Pour back the eggplant into the frying pan and add in the sauce. Stir through and mix well. Dish it up onto a plate and serve hot. It goes great with plain rice.
Do you like eggplant? How do you cook it? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
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