Monday, October 10, 2011

Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry ~ Brinjal Moju

As I mentioned about Sri Lankan cuisine and my latest obsession with it, here iam sharing a very popular eggplant curry from sri lanka. This is also known as Brinjal Moju. Moju means Pickle.  As the name implies, It  has to be eaten along with rice, some dal, some stir fried greens and a little eggplant moju( just like we have pickle). I also served this pickle with dosa and it was also a winnig combination.


We loved this curry very much. This curry is so spicy and sour. Vinegar adds the sourness and it complimented to the taste of curry. A little sweetness from sugar also made this curry a extra special.
So here iam taking you all on a culinary travel to Sri Lanka..


Ingredients:

Eggplant – 1 Big one or 8 small purple brinjals
Shallots / small onions – 6
Green chilli – 2
Coconut milk – ¼ cup
Oil to Deep fry the Eggplant

Turmeric  - a pinch
Chilli Powder – 2 tsp

To Ground

3 cloves of garlic
2’ inch ginger
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp fruit vinegar
½ cup water

To Season

Oil – 2 tsp
2’inch cinnamon
2 cloves
1 sprig  curry leaves
  
Method:

      Wash and slice the Eggplant into strips like french fries. Mix a tsp of salt and turmeric powder to the eggplant and let it marinate for about 30 mins.  Heat Oil to Deep fry and fry the eggplant strips, till they turn brown and crisper. Drain the oil from fried eggplants in a strainer.

2    Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan, add cinnamon, cloves, curry leaves, finely chopped green chilli and finely chopped small onions. Saute them all together till the onions turn translucent.
      
            Add a bit of salt, a pinch of turmeric powder, chilly powder and roasted curry powder and mix well with the onions.
      
            Once the Onions turn almost brown along with the curry powders, add the fried eggplant to the pan and give a mix.
    
             Add Coconut Milk and salt to taste and let the mix rest in slow flame for about a minute.

        Add the Grounded Gin-Garlic-Vinegar mix to the pan and mix well. Let the whole curry simmer for about 2 minutes.

        Garnish with Curry leaves and chopped green chilly.

Serve along with Hot steamed Rice.
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