Edoc 2012-03-23 21:41:16
Eggplant with Minty Tomato Sauce and Yogurt
By Madhur Jaffrey
Yield: 3-4 servings
1 1/4 pounds eggplant (the large variety)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup plain yogurt
Peanut or canola oil for deep-frying
Extra mint sprigs or leaves for garnishing
Minty Tomato Sauce
1/4 cup peanut or canola oil
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and very finely chopped
8 plum tomatoes from a can, finely chopped, plus 1/4 cup of the can
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Freshly ground black pepper
Trim the ends of the eggplant and cut it crosswise into 1-inch-thick
slices. Put the slices in a single layer in a large platter or a
lasagna-type dish. Sprinkle the salt over both sides, rubbing it in
well. Set aside for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Put the oil in a large, nonstick
frying pan and set over medium-high heat. When hot, add the onion. Stir
and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the onion pieces begin to brown at
the edges and then add the garlic. Stir for a few seconds, then add the
tomatoes and the tomato liquid, as well as all the remaining
ingredients for the tomato sauce. Stir to mix. Cover, turn the heat to
low, and cook gently for 10 minutes. Set aside in a warm place.
To prepare the yogurt sauce, put the yogurt in a small bowl and beat
lightly with a fork. Just before you sit down to eat, put oil to a
depth of 2 to 3 inches for deep-frying in a wok or deep-fryer and set
over medium heat. Take the eggplant slices from the platter and dry
them off with paper towels. When the oil is hot, drop in as many slices
as the utensil will hold easily and fry, turning now and then, for 6 to
7 minutes, or until both sides are a medium brown color. Drain well on
paper towels. Do a second batch, if needed.
To serve, arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer on a large
platter. Top each slice with a dollop of the tomato sauce and then with
a tablespoon of the yogurt. Garnish with the mint sprigs or leaves.
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