Shrimp, Eggplant and Tomatoes in Indian Spices

Tonights dinner is a must try!  I had a small half cut eggplant in the frig I wanted to use and got a deal on Huge Raw Shrimp for 6.99 a pound.  I did some research and found this Bringal Fry Recipe-from Serious Eats.  I read through it and found the spices to be a mild amount so I went with it.  I also added 1/2 spoon of Indian Chili Powder.  I didn’t want to use Potatoes in this Eggplant recipe- so I added Shrimp, Peas and half can of roasted tomatoes.  I also only used 2 Tb of Peanut Oil.  For those of you familiar with Indian food, the more oil the better it tastes, I managed to hold myself back and keep it at 2 TB and it is very tasty with a nice spicy kick.

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Indian Shrimp

Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • 250 grams brinjal / vankaya
  • 3 green chilies slit or ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste (optional)
  • ½ to ¾ tsp light garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp lemon juice (refer notes)
  • 1 tbsp. Oil or as required
  • Coarsely crushed roasted peanuts or fresh green peas as desired
  1. This brinjal fry recipe can be made without peanuts too but they add a great taste. This step is optional. If you like to use peanuts for this recipe, dry roast them and set aside to cool. Remove the skin and pulse them in mixer.
  2. Wash brinjals in water. Slice them or cut to desired sizes. Add them to salt water.
  3. Heat oil in a wide pan, add cumin, mustard, and let them splutter.
  4. Add the green chilies, fry till they turn pale in color.
  5. Add ginger garlic paste, sauté quickly, do not fry for longer, can make your brinjal bitter.
  6. Add the brinjal, salt & turmeric, toss on a medium flame, till they are cooked. If needed cover and cook till soft.
  7. Add curry leaves, red chili powder, garam masala and coarsely crushed peanuts if using. Stir everything well. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.
  8. Add lemon juice if desired, before you serve.
  9. Serve vankaya fry with rice.

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