Thai dishes has been featured many a times (Tom Yum Soup, Thai Style Mango Fish and Thai Style Fried Chicken) and will continue to be so because we adore the big bold quintessential Thai flavours. And brinjal/eggplant/aubergine (Fried Masala Brinjal)?? Reasonably priced and sure, plenty of ways for various types of dishes. Here I have today, indeed, a Thai inspired dish - brinjals in a chilli gravy and scented with kaffir lime leaves for "lets go vegetarian".
1 medium size Chinese eggplant - cut into two, then medium size pieces and flower out as seen in this picture.
1 tsp rice flour
1 tsp corn flour
For the gravy
1 tbsp dried chilli paste
1 medium size onion - chopped
1 small ball of tamarind/assam - mix with 1/2 cup water to extract juice
A small piece of palm sugar
3 to 4 kaffir lime leaves - sliced thinly
Oil as needed
Salt for taste
Mix eggplant with rice flour, corn flour and a pinch of salt.
Deep fry, remove and keep aside.
Leave about 2 tbsp of oil in the same pan.
Saute onion and add chilli paste.
Fry over low heat till aromatic.
Pour in tamarind juice and season with palm sugar and salt.
Stir and let simmer.
Add fried eggplant and lime leaves.
Stir all in and dish out.
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