Eggplant with Tamarind

May  3, 2016
1 Ratings
Photo by nykavi
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

A piquant mix of sweet and sour flavors... —nykavi

What You'll Need
  • 1 large Eggplant
  • Canola Oil Spray
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kalonji or Onion Seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 2 Dried Red Chiles
  • 10-15 fresh Curry Leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Coconut flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons Tomato Ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Tamarind pulp, soaked in water and strained
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste
  • 3 Ginger slices
  • Fresh Cilantro
  1. Cut eggplant into 1/2 inch slices. Spray with canola and lay them spray side down down in a hot nonstick skillet. Let them crisp and brown on one side. Then spray other side and flip and brown slices. Cool and cut into small chunks.
  2. Heat remaining oil in the same pan. When hot add kalonji, cumin, red chiles and curry leaves. Let them splutter for 30 seconds.
  3. Add all other ingredients except eggplant. Bring sauce to a simmer and add eggplant. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes till eggplant is fully cooked.
  4. Add fresh cilantro and serve with roti or rice.

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1 Review

gogo February 21, 2023
I'd been craving tamarind and eggplant, and this hit the spot. Because I never have ketchup on hand, I mixed some up with dried tomato, jaggery, clove, and salt, and it upped the umami factor. Thanks for this recipe!