I was all set to make ChakaraPongal and kootu, but we heard news of my husband’s aunt’s passing – so all festivities came to a grinding halt – So I decided to keep it simple – do I overuse that word or what! The awesome thing I learned during my visit to India was to make good phulkas – Just by watching mind you! So I made some phulkas (which I will blog next) and a side dish of Baingan ka burta.
I find the toasting of the Italian eggplant over open fire messy and here in the US you have to clean the mess yourself – So my I changed my approach just a tad, but did not compromise on the taste – that is a strict NO NO!
Here is how I went about it
1 Italian Eggplant (big) peeled
1 big red onion cut in slivers
2 Tomatoes (big round ones)
3small green chillies slivered (optional) Or
Optional 1 red chili
1-2 tsp of Suvaiyana North Indian Garam Masala (NIGM)
1 tsp of Suvaiyana Tadka Mix
Peel and cut the eggplant into small cubes and cook in microwave for about 5 minutes on high heat
Cut the tomatoes in cubes and the onions into long slivers
Add the tomatoes first and let them cook until its waters has evaporated
Remove the cooked eggplant from the microwave and mash it with a masher
Add to the onions and tomatoes along with the required NIGM add the last bit of oil and let them all cook for a few more minutes until it turns a happy golden brown