Friday, August 27, 2010

Punjab Eggplant

This has been a great summer for eggplant, and here in our garden we have had a plethora of these black beauties.  And since I am going to miss them this winter, I made a big batch of Punjab Eggplant to freeze.

We came about this recipe from a Tasty Bite and really enjoyed the unique barbecue flavor.  I have tweaked the recipe slightly to be a little more filling for a dinner.  Enjoy!

Punjab Eggplant
2 medium eggplants
2 medium onions
1 large tomato (approximately 1.5 cups chopped)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup re-hydrated beans of your choice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne powder
1 tbsp dried cilantro or 2 tbsp fresh chopped
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp garam masala

1) Slice eggplant and place center down on a greased baking pan.  Cook in oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until eggplants are soft to the touch.  When cool enough, scrape out eggplant flesh, mash and set aside.  (You can do this step a day ahead of time and just put eggplant flesh in the fridge)

You can also chop up 1 of the eggplants and place it in a greased oven dish.  Then roast it at 400 degrees for 30 minutes and have a more broiled eggplant.  This way will make the overall dish a little chunkier, but YOU HAVE TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE OF THE EGGPLANTS ROASTED IN THE MANNER MENTIONED ABOVE in order to have a good sauce.  

2) In a large sauce pot, heat oil and saute the garlic and onion until tender, approximately 7 minutes.
3) Add all the spiced except the Garam Masala and continue to saute another minute until fragrant.

4) Add eggplant flesh, tomatoes and 1 cup of water and mix well.  Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.  Cover and simmer 30 minutes or until eggplant and tomatoes have made a thick paste.
5) Remove cover, add beans and Garam Masala and continue to cook 5 more minutes.

6) Serve over rice or with Naan, or with both!  If you have a lot of eggplant, double the recipe and then freeze the rest for a later time.  The flavors will be even better the longer you wait.


  1. This really appeals to me. I hope to make it this fall!

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