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Baingan Chole (Eggplant-Chickpeas)

Baingan Chole and Chapatis
Baingan Chole with Chapatis

Hummus and baba ghanoush got together and baingan chole is born. In plain language, chickpeas and eggplant are cooked together with super fabulous results for a Punjabi style chole. Recipe is simple and almost same as chole preparation.

Soak, Cook and Puree:
– Soak 2 cups of chickpeas in water, overnight.
– At morning, pressure-cook chickpeas in enough water until the chickpeas are tender, but not mushy.
– Drain Water. Separate half cup of chickpeas and puree them into smooth paste. Keep the remaining aside.

Jumbo (Italian) Eggplant

Cut, Chop and Prepare Masala:
– Wash and cut big eggplant into bite sized cubes.
– Chop 1 onion and 2 tomatoes into small pieces.
– Make a smooth paste of 2 garlic, few springs of fresh cilantro and small piece of ginger.(GGC Paste)
– Prepare one tablespoon of cloves-cinnamon-cumin-coriander seed powder. (CCCC Powder)

Saute, Stir-in and Cook:
– Heat one teaspoon of peanut oil in a big pan. Do the popu or tadka.
– Add and saute onion, tomatoes, GGC paste, CCCC powder and eggplant cubes, in that order.
– Add the pureed chickpea paste and pressure-cooked chickpeas.
– Stir in 2 cups of water, one teaspoon of each – salt, red chilli powder, amchur powder and turmeric.
– Close the lid and cook on medium heat for about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring in-between.
– Serve warm with chapatis or with rice.

Lunch Scene at Singari's Home - Cartoon
Lunch Scene at Singari’s Home

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Chickpeas,Eggplant (Tuesday May 9, 2006 at 2:45 pm- permalink)
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Wild Rice with Eggplant-Chole

First time I tasted wild rice was at a restaurant in Houston. For main course there was an entry with wild rice. I’ve heard good things about wild rice and I wanted to give it a try. Try we did. The restaurant version of wild rice was full of butter and had some toasted pine nuts. The portion was small, but we loved it so much, decided to cook it at home. Then we found about the price; wild rice is not cheap, I can tell you that. It’s an indulgence for us and I like to cook it once in a while.

My version is very simple. For 1 cup of wild rice, usually I’d add 2 and half cups water, a quarter teaspoon of salt and ghee. I cook it just like regular rice in a rice cooker. The result is very fabulous, nutty, chewy wild rice. Though it looks like ‘Basmati gone black’, the taste of wild rice is unique. It has its own unique smell and texture. You can’t gobble up, each grain beckons you to slow down and enjoy it. Try it, if you haven’t already.

Wild Rice with Eggplant-Chickpea Curry (Brinjal-Chole)
Wild Rice with Eggplant Chole ~ Our simple lunch today.

Eggplant Chole: Recipe Replace aloo (potatoes), with jumbo eggplant cubes. I’ve got the idea of cooking eggplant-chickpeas together from Mika’s blog.
Wild Rice Nutritional information – click here.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Biyyamu (Rice),Chickpeas,Eggplant,Wild Rice (Friday April 14, 2006 at 3:10 pm- permalink)
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Eggplant Curry

Eggplant- different names and its culinary journey through different cultures is quite interesting. Whatever you do with this vegetable, it always comes out as a winner in the taste department. It’s the only vegetable who has songs written about it (praising the taste) in my native language Telugu. Even though what’s available here is different in shape and taste from that of, my home place, I still cook it the same way and it tastes great.

Eggplant Curry:

First, make a powder of 3 red chillies, one garlic clove, small piece of ginger, 2 tsps of dry coconut and 1/2 tsp of salt.

Next, wash the eggplant thoroughly to lose the wax coating. Pat it dry and cut it into small cubes. In a pan, add 1 tsp of oil, when it is hot, do the popu (frying cumin, mustard seeds and curry leaves). Now add the eggplant cubes, toss them a few times, then spread them evenly in the pan. Reduce the heat; let them cook for few minutes. Sprinkle a pinch of turmeric, half tsp of salt and the red chilli powder prepared earlier, toss them again. On low heat, cook them for few more minutes. Switch off the heat before they turn into big shapeless mush.

Eggplant (US Version of Vankaya or Brinjal) Cut Eggplant

ginger, garlic, redchiili, coconut and salt Eggplant curry

Served with rice and ghee, a cup of yogurt on the side – one satisfying meal.

Eggplant Curry With Rice

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Eggplant,Vegetables (Wednesday June 15, 2005 at 9:58 am- permalink)
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