Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Eggplant Moju - Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry

I've been cutting Little M's hair myself and I think I've been doing a pretty decent job so far. With my cousin's wedding coming up next week, I thought it was the right time to get her started with professional cuts. But the kid created such a fuss when I was trying to prep her for the hair cut trip that I decided to do it myself again. I should have stuck with what I've been doing so far but of course I did not! I wanted try to give her some short bangs in the front and ended up with what looks like something leftover after a mouse chomped away at her hair! Trying to fix it only made it worse! Despair!! This was last week. Now my only hope is that it'll grow a little bit by next weekend and won't look too bad. It's already looking better this week. Fingers crossed!

Onto the recipe now. "A Worldly Epicurean's Delight" or AWED is an event started by DK and hosted this month by Siri, with Sri Lanka as it's theme. I got some lovely green Thai eggplants from the Indian store and thanks to the event, searched specifically for a Sri Lankan dish to use them in. This recipe for Eggplant Moju is adapted from here. It calls for frying eggplant and green peppers in oil separately. I wanted to avoid that and so, nuked them instead. I used onions in place of shallots & added some green chilies for heat. Here's what I did.

Eggplant Moju

Ingredients:

6 Thai eggplants, sliced
1 small green pepper, cut
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tsp ginger, grated
2 green chilies, chopped
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp mustard paste
1/2 tsp sugar
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

- Cook the eggplant and green pepper in a microwave safe bowl for 4-5 minutes, until soft. Keep aside.
- In a pan, heat oil. Add ginger, garlic, onion, turmeric, mustard paste and vinegar. Saute for a few minutes.
- Add the cooked eggplant and green pepper and salt to taste.
- Add about 2 tbsp water and mix well. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 minutes.
- Stir in sugar just before serving.

Eggplant Moju

This was just delicious! The tartness of vinegar was perfectly balanced with the sweetness of sugar. Not sure if the texture should have been dry, like a sukhi bhaji. Mine was thinner because of the microwave cooking and the added water but it was just perfect with the rice and I declare my foray into Sri Lankan cooking a success! :) Thanks, Siri and DK!

53 comments:

indosungod said...

They look good Vani. I have a Srilankan who bakes hers in the oven and adds tamarind juice to it. They are so very tasty.

Little M, oh you don't worry, everybody will have a good time laughing at her mother :) Just kidding. She will will all of them over anyway.

indosungod said...

meant to say "I have a Srilankan friend"

Priya said...

Looks good,i do prepared similar with eggplants...very delicious curry!

Cham said...

One or two times kids are scared about barber shop but soon they will get adjust. I never tried haircut for my son but should be fun! The curry has cute name!

TBC said...

I too made something with eggplant (a caponata) recently and that recipe too used vinegar and sugar. It was pretty good. I can imagine how good this dish of yours must have tasted.:)

Gita's Kitchen said...

Nice curry...simple and easy preparation too. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

A_and_N said...

I haven't tried Thai eggplants as yet. I should do so soon! I will try this first :)

Looks great, Vani!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Hey Vani, the eggplant looks so great with justlil ingredients this dish just rocks!!!

Mangala Bhat said...

wowo! yummmy ...i just love eggplant ..Thanks for the recipe

Sharmila said...

Mustard psate with eggplants ... sounds good. Great looking dish ... I love the sukhi version. :-)

Ashwini said...

Wow looks delicious...Hmm Mustard paste..sounds interesting.

Prathibha said...

The curry looks very appealing...!!!

Still you hv one more week time...so dont bother..!!

Jayashree said...

Awwww....poor M :-(( Don't worry about it, though....it'll grow back soon enough.....and until then, just pass it off as the latest thing in kids' hairstyles :-))

LG said...

My son never went to saloon till he was 2.5, My DH did the hair cutting stuff..and it always looked like what you have described above LOL..children are like that, not to worry they will grow back in another weeks time. Srilankan curry looks bright and tasty.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh it is really impossible to do hairdo to children....Don't worry it will grow up and kid will look great....Recipe looks droolworthy....

Purva Desai said...

nice and different curry will try this Srilankan version soon

rekhas kitchen said...

wow yummy curry ummmm looks so delicious

Bong Mom said...

You are a brave soul, I tried two attempts max at cutting S's hair. She would never sit quiet and the result mostly would be disastrous. At the Kidz Cuts she used to sit in one of those cars and watch Barney and be quiet and all.

M will have nicely grown bangs by the wedding or else you have clips and head bands

I have never had anything Sri Lankan, this looks mighty good

sra said...

This looks so bright and tasty.

If I know there's an occasion and I'm due for a haircut, I cut it at least two weeks before, so that my head doesn't look too shorn or if it does, it has time to settle down. Anyway, the bright side of bad haircuts is that it will grow back, and M is still a child and thankfully doesn't know much about fashion mistakes! :-)

Pooja said...

looking yummy..Nice dish..

DEESHA said...

once my mom cut my hair & then I didn't attend college for 2 weeks
:)

I love srilankan food .. The eggplant curry looks really good

Rajesh &Shankari said...

Great looking dish! I have a sri lankan cookbook that was shipped all the way from there. Got to get it out and try a few dishes

Sharmi said...

the curry looks so pretty!! I am so bored of making regular stuff! want to try this!

DK said...

This looks amazing. Bookmarked!:)

delhibelle said...

eggplants & peppers with mustard looks so good!
Little girls can look cute no matter how their hair's been cut(or not!) Her stories always make me smile:)

Suparna said...

Hi Vani,
Nice read :)
Never ventured into Srilankan cuisine as yet. The mustard paste and vinegar seems and interesting usage in the dish. Eggplant and bellpepper also seems an unusual combo, looks glossy and yumm.
TC

Siri said...

Wow, the curry looks so appetizing. Thanks for sending it over to AWED :)

Have a good weekend ahead.

Siri

Ramya Bala said...

SOunds very yummy :)and colorful Vani

Divya Vikram said...

That sounds like a delicious dish!

sunila said...

Hey Vaans, clips and bands are one good idea if M,s hair doesnt grow back as well as u want it and another ones to coax her into coming to a hairdressers and giving her a short stylish cut-if the little madam aproves ie.:0)
I have always cut Garimas hair but she has such tight curls that mistakes dont show anyway :0)))

Sujatha said...

Green eggplants are a delight to cook, but haven't seen them in a while in my area.. got to try this recipe.. looks wonderful! I'll atleast give it a shot with the regular eggplants..

Parita said...

Wow looks delicious..never used mustard paste and vinegar in eggplants..interesting :)

Vani said...

Thanks for the comments all!

Hema said...

First time here... less ingredients and less cooking time.. but awesome dish!! Good pics.. BTW, don't worry, M's hair will grow back.. otherwise too you can adjust with hair accessories (thats a good thing about being a girl)

SJ said...

I still think you should continue cutting her hair for sometime. When she is 10 she won't even allow you to pick out her clothes!! My sis and I were like that. My mom was crazy about stitching fancy salwars and we hated them. She somehow got us to wear those crazy creations of hers by hook or crook!!!
And don't worry abt lil M's mouse eaten hair, Kids look cute no matter what. I am sure M will carry off her new ishtyle with much panache!!

Soo many brinjal recipes in the blogworld!! This one joins in my to-be- made list!!

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

Thanks for you visit on my blog! I've been following yours regularly.

This curry seems so nice! My experiences in Sri Lankan cuisine started badly with an extra-hot curry powder :-)

Jaya said...

vani,
ah! that will grow out soon dear...i have tried to cut my lil one hairs twice..but being a restless girl she is, she gave me hard time:)...now i prefer to take her to saloon rather than start cutting on my own..and cutting hairs reminded me of my mom cutting hairs when i was in tenth class..i was not able to go out for long,luckily that time my vaccation had already started :))..

coming to curry..it looks so great..is there anything different about Thai eggplant than the usual eggplant/brinjal we get here in India..
Hugs and smiles

Divya Rao said...

Hey, this is a neat blog you have here Vani! I'm adding you to my blogroll...Interesting recipes, will try some soon. I smiled when I read about little M's haircut :-)

Usha said...

Loved the sound of this curry !

Priti said...

Looks gud ..and very neat pic :)

Vani said...

Thank you for your comments, girls! :)

Jaya- any eggplant/brinjal can be used here. I just happened to ave the Thai ones! :) Nice to read about your hair story :) M's hair looked alright, btw :)

Nithya Praveen said...

This is new to me,...looks wonderful Vani.Li'l M's hair will grow soon and look all the more smart!

Pavithra said...

Nice curry...simple and easy preparation too. Nice color looks tempting.

Kay said...

Uh oh! :) I've done that too to my little 'M'. Put some pretty hair clips and pretend that the hairstyle is supposed to be that way.

The srilankan moju looks sooo good! :)

Asha said...

Vani, I loved the thindi beedi, took a long drive to get there but worth it. Loved the bajji and Thatte idli was so so soft!!Gulkan Kulfi too!!

I am sick like a dog right now, never been this ill for 18yrs too, not to mention visiting India after all those years!:D

My parents are in Kengeri Satellite town now, nice Marble floored house, aunt is in Mysore.Enjoyed a lot but wish I had gone there in December.I am covered with Mosquito bites in spite of nets and electrical devices!

Have fun, see you in the Fall. Last few months with Trisha, let me enjoy the company!:)

Nithya said...

Yummy recipe. Amazing clicks and photography. You blog is really attractive. here for the first time and sure gonna follow right away. I am a fresher to the kitchen and I find it interesting being here. Do take a look at mine when u find time.

Arch said...

Very interesting dish with brinjals..And the hair cutting, I can imagine, my son used to howl everytime I took him for a haircut, but never had the nerve to cut it myself...

Pooja said...

Lovely egg plant curry! All your dishes are so tempting! Thanks for stopping by my blog too :)

Andhra Flavors said...

very interesting SriLankan recipe vani.

SJ said...

Sorry to write this in your eggplant post, but I couldn't find your email id anywhere. I think people were pissed off because of her comments:
1) Can't believe the pollution there even though people smile thru' it all. I can't handle it, I guess this country is my "home" now. I had a panic attack on the third night, wanted to fly back but my friends convinced me stay back and took me out only in the evenings and early mornings. Somehow I survived and will visit India next only in December.
2) Pollution was terrible there, I saw people coughing, sneezing almost everyday! Diabetes and Asthma is rampant! Don't know how they survive but I did enjoy there for few weeks and so glad to come home here.Next trip will be in 4 yrs I guess, this time I will go in December!;D
Then her comments in that NRI post infuriated more people. I can crib about diseases rampant here or the occasional racism we face (someone did call us pakkis) But as I said there is both good and bad, enjoy the good but saying "how do people survive in that polluted place" is downright rude and uncourteous. Honestly, for writing so much, I haven't done anything that would benefit India. The post writing and reading all the comments was definitely an eye opener for me. I think its my duty now to do something instead of just talk- after all, actions speak louder than words!

Vani said...

SJ - yeah, I can see why it was inflammatory. Instead of waxing eloquent about what was wrong, more about what she enjoyed would have seen a totally different reaction. Maybe it was the jetlag? Illness? Dunno. But on a personal level though, I will give her the benefit of the doubt as she has been such a positive person.
Your post brought to fore the fact that we (both in India and abroad) tend to talk and discuss more about issues plaguing India rather than do anything about it. It's nice to see you are thinking of avenues where you can help make that change. I'm sure it has gotten many others (including me)thinking about how they can affect the change.

Vani said...

Thanks for the comments, all!

SriLekha said...

wow it looks unique and too good
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