Sunday, September 18, 2011

Eggplant in the garden and casserole

1 big Italian eggplant
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp salt
oil to pan fry

Slice the eggplant into 1/4" vertically. Marinate the slices with turmeric and salt for 15 minutes. Then remove the liquid onto a paper towel or squeeze it out by pressing between the palm. Pan fry the eggplant slices and leave aside.

Make the sauce
2 tbsp oil
1/2 cup minced meat
2 tbsp onion
1 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp ginger grated
1 green chillie
1/2 tsp chillie powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup tomatoes
1 tomato sliced to garnish
1/4 cup cheese grated

Heat oil sauté the onion, garlic, ginger, green chillie, minced meat with the spices. Keep mixing and when the minced meat is separated add the tomatoes. Cook covered till it becomes a thick sauce.

In a baking dish layer the eggplants in single layer, pour the meat sauce over it. Then put another layer of eggplant and pour the remaining sauce over it. Place the sliced tomatoes and then sprinkle the grated cheese over it.
Bake at 375F for 10 to 15 minutes till the cheese is melted.

Check torviewtoronto for a vegetarian version of the eggplant casserole, this was served as a side dish with Rice with vermicelli.

More ideas on using eggplant

A little about planting Brinjal or Eggplants.

This is my first time planting eggplants in the garden. I bought the plant in a small pot in Spring and planted it on the ground after the frost when the soil was warm.

The beautiful violet flowers are delicate and fall off easily i.e. cool nights could make it to fall as well. Flowers produce the fruit, so the amount of fruit produced depend on the flowers that mature. The tops are thorny which protects the eggplant from bugs.

To harvest cut the eggplant with scissors when the skin is glossy and firm. The size of the eggplant depends on the variety. When it grows bigger there are more seeds inside. We enjoyed and loved picking eggplants from the garden, it is amazing just to watch it turning into a vegetable from a flower.

It could work in containers if it is at least 18" in diameter and deep, but I think vegetable plants grow better on the ground.

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  1. I love eggplant. This looks sooo delicious!

  2. Wow, you actually maintain two blogs actively! I am amazed. This eggplant casserole sounds delicious.

  3. Yum! Your eggplant dish looks really saucy and colorful, great recipe.

  4. Eggplant tree looks perfect. Cassserole looks awesome.

  5. first time to this blog of yours...didn't know you had a blog other than torview..Nice space..

  6. Anything will eggplant I will for sure drool, its one of those we use so often at home, esp into curries.

  7. Perfect and yummy! Your eggplant flower looks beautiful too...

  8. I am always looking for new eggplant recipes, this looks amazing!

  9. FABULOUS photo and a recipe that I would love, as I adore aubergines!

  10. This eggplant curry looks SO awesome and luscious!

  11. This is great! I don't think people give eggplant its proper place in the world. I think it is amazing

  12. This layered eggplant dish looks wonderful, Thank You for sharing.

  13. Wow you planted your own eggplant? That’s awesome! I want to do that next year too!
    Great eggplant dish, would love to have some with rice. JUM.

  14. Oooo, this looks delicious! A must make for the Fall!

  15. Well done – it makes a nice change to read something that makes sense. Pleasing on the eye too. You have a real nice site.

  16. My husband loves eggplants, so I am delighted to find a new recipe to try! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I love eggplant and I hope to grow my own this summer.

  18. that looks good i bought eggplant before and never know what to do with it.

  19. I am a huge fan of eggplant, and so is my husband. We're always looking for new recipes - so thanks for posting this one. Looks delish!

  20. Love eggplant, that dish looks yummy!

  21. Going to make this for Sunday dinner.

  22. don't think I have ever tried eggplant, this recipe sounds good thanks

  23. This dish looks very delicious


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