Eggplant Curry (vegan) / Curry sa patlidžanom (veganski)

Eggplant is such an underestimated vegetable in our household. You can make a thousand interesting things with an eggplant, yet I never remember to do it. But I’ve had this vision of eggplant curry in my mind for a few days and am so glad I went with it.

INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.71 EUR per serving / 2.84 EUR for all)

2 small eggplants (0.67 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

2 tbsp corn starch (0.07 EUR)

5 tbsp olive oil, divided (0.22 EUR)

1 large onion, diced (0.10 EUR)

3 garlic cloves, minced (0.10 EUR)

½ tsp ground coriander (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp ground cumin (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp ground turmeric (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp ground cinnamon (0.07 EUR)

¼ tsp cayenne pepper (0.03 EUR)

1 ½ cup coconut milk (1.10 EUR)

Handful of fresh parsley, chopped (0.13 EUR)

Dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice, for serving (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash and dice the eggplant, toss with a teaspoon of salt and let it rest for about 15 minutes, so the salt can extract the bitterness out. After 15 minutes give the eggplant a quick rinse and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Toss to coat with corn starch and set aside.

Place a skillet or a wok on high heat for a few minutes. To a hot skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and half of the eggplant and stir-fry for a few minutes until the eggplant gets nice and crispy. Remove the eggplant from the pan and repeat with the second batch.

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Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and the onion to the skillet and cook for a few minutes, until slightly translucent. Now add in garlic, coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne, give all a good stir and allow the spices to heat up for about 30 seconds. Add in the coconut milk and return in the eggplant to cook for a few minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat, taste and adjust seasoning and stir in chopped parsley.

Serve over a bed of rice with a squeeze of lemon juice.

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Patlidžan je u našem domu skroz podcijenjeno povrće. Sa njime se može napraviti tisuću zanimljivih stvari, ali se ja nekako nikada ne sjetim kuhati sa njim. No, već sam zadnjih nekoliko dana imala u glavi viziju curryja sa patlidžanom i skroz mi je drago da sam joj se priklonila.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 5,35 kn po porciji / 21,41 kn za sve)

2 mala patlidžana (5,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

2 žlice kukuruznog škroba (0,50 kn)

5 žlica maslinovog ulja, podijeljenih (1,65 kn)

1 veliki luk, nasjeckan na kockice (0,75 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka, sitno nasjeckana (0,75 kn)

½ žličice mljevenog korijandera (0,50 kn)

½ žličice mljevenog kumina (0,50 kn)

½ žličice mljevene kurkume (0,50 kn)

½ žličice mljevenog cimeta (0,50 kn)

¼ žličice kajenskog papra (0,50 kn)

1 ½ šalica kokosovog mlijeka (8,25 kn)

Pregršt svježeg peršina, nasjeckanog (1,00 kn)

Malo svježe iscijeđenog soka od limuna, za posluživanje (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite i narežite patlidžan na kocke, pomiješajte sa žličicom soli i ostavite da miruje 15-tak minuta kako bi sol izvukla gorčinu. Nakon 15 minuta isperite, pa kuhinjskom krpom posušite patlidžan. Pomiješajte sa kukuruznim škrobom i stavite na stranu.

Stavite tavu ili wok na jaku vatru na nekoliko minuta. U vruću tavu dodajte 2 žlice maslinovog ulja i pola patlidžana, pa kuhajte miješajući nekoliko minuta, dok patlidžan ne dobije hruskavu koricu. Izvadite patlidžan iz tave pa ponovite sa drugom turom.

U tavu dodajte preostalu žlicu ulja i nasjeckani luk koji kuhajte par minuta, da postane staklast. Onda dodajte češnjak, korijander, kumin, kurkumu, cimet i kajenski papar, sve dobro promiješajte i pustite da se začini ugriju jedno 30-tak sekundi. Dodajte kokosovo mlijeko i vratite patlidžan u tavu. Kuhajte par minuta, dok se umak ne zgusne. Maknite s vatre, kušajte i prilagodite začine te umiješajte sjeckani peršin.

Poslužite preko riže i pokapano sokom od limuna.

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Eggplant Curry (vegan) / Curry sa patlidžanom (veganski)

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