Roasted Indian eggplants


One of these days we will stop eating eggplants in our house, which simply means that I will, because I am the only one who does it currently! I love this vegetable, T despises it, and S so far has shown no affection. So for old times sake, I buy a couple of Indian eggplants every once in a while, and do what I always do. I roast them in a microwave oven, and then eat them all on my own, for lack of good company!


Roasted Indian Eggplants


Indian eggplants – 6
Black gram,skinned – 3 tsp
Cumin – ¼ tsp
Chilly pepper flakes – ½ tsp to 1 tsp
Salt- ¾ tsp + ¼ tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp

Wash eggplants, leave the stems on. Mix ¾ tsp salt with 2 cups water in a bowl, keep aside. Make 4 to 6 deep cuts on the eggplant running from top to bottom, immediately plunge it in the salted water. Repeat with all eggplants. While the eggplants are soaking, heat a pan, when the pan is hot add black gram and dry roast till the color turns pale yellow. Add cumin and then roast till gram turns brown. Add pepper flakes, turn off the heat, cool. Grind the mixture to a coarse powder adding ¼ tsp salt. Add 1 tbsp oil to the spice powder, mix and keep aside. After the eggplants are soaked for about 30 minutes, drain and pat dry with paper towels. Using a knife, liberally apply the spice mix deep into the cuts. Arrange on a microwave safe plate, microwave at high for 3 minutes. Let it stand for 1 minute. Open the door, close the door again and microwave for 3 more minutes or till the eggplant turns soft to touch but still preserves its shape.


Indu said...

I am not a huge fan of eggplant either, but the pictures make me want to try some!

Tina said...

Beautiful clicks dear...eggplant looks tempting...

Anonymous said...

I <3 egg plants. We share the same story. My hubby and my toddler can't stand it. I do what you do - indulge myself from time to time with various preparations of egg plant.
The photographs are gorgeous and preparation seems like a one I could try.

Poornima said...

Beautiful pics. I love eggplant, it is such a versatile veg, so many ways to cook it.
Good to have you back.

Deepti said...

loved visiting ur blog for the first time.....

Ur pics r making me love eggplants even more

Sig said...

I used to despise eggplants growing up, but I've grown to love it. I have never even thought of microwaving it though, looks so easy and straightforward. Bookmarking this.


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