Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fried Brinjal Spicy Sweet Sambal/Gravy (Vegetarian)

Damn frustrating. Life is sometimes, every now and then, maybe even all the time. I'll tell you why frustration got hold of me. I decided to enter a cooking, actually recipe (Hot Masala Lentil Soup, Garlic Coriander Rice, Potato Green Peas Curry & Spicy Chickpea Long Beans) contest by Mahsuri. On using their sauces to coin a recipe. Excitedly I got moving. I went to my neighbourhood store to buy the sauces. I bought two types. Mahsuri Kicap Manis/Sweet Soy Sauce and Mahsuri Sos Tiram/Oyster Sauce and then, I decided to invent my own recipe (Moor Kolumbu/Yogurt CurrySpicy Tofu Curry, Aloo Gobi & Cumin Rice). Yes please. My own recipe. No copying. Trust me. If I have copied, I will tell you. The point is honestly, I didn't copy. Why should I?

Believe me, I have been like, ever since I gave up my full time job to work from home, mind you, I have tremendously improved in my cooking by learning on my own (Gado Gado Vegetarian, Shanghai Noodles, Masala TofuMushroom Yee Mee Soup) . So, as expected, this Fried Brinjal Spicy Sweet Sambal/Gravy, a vegetarian version, was not a letdown. Other half-half was impressed, more importantly, I myself was not only impressed, I felt proud too (Cauliflower Curry, Mint Rice, Tapioca Stir Fried, Tomato Vegetable Soup &  Mango Salad Vegetarian). Recipes submitted online and I patiently awaited. Pathetic. What a con job. Those who, in my opinion submitted ugly pictures and non even anything to say as special recipes actually were the winners (Four Angled Beans Stir Fried, Purple Cabbage Stir Fried, Pudina Chutney, Gobi 65 & Curry Leaves Potato Chips). What? What the "F". Some sort of underground connection or favouritism? Honestly, I thought the whole point of this contest, for me, was akin a scam. Unbelievable.

Look, I am not being sour grapes. I am telling you what I am feeling. Utter rubbish. I felt as though I have wasted my time. Rather like a jigsaw puzzle you can't put together. Anyway, let bygones be bygones. I am not gonna upset myself over other peoples' silliness. Whatever said, let me boldly and proudly assure you that you won't regret replicating (Curry Leaves Hummus, Potato Stir FryAsian Green Peas Soup & Cabbage Chana Dal)  this Fried Brinjal Spicy Sweet Sambal recipe (Eggplant Spicy Sauce, Eggplant Curry Leaves, Fried Masala BrinjalThai Spicy Brinjal). Go ahead. Make it and agree with me that it is definitely a recipe worth replicating. Thank you.   
For the fried brinjal
1 medium size Chinese brinjal - cubed/sliced into medium size pieces
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
1 tsp corn flour
1 tsp rice flour
Salt for taste
* mix brinjal with all the ingredients and keep aside.

For the sauce
2 tbsp dried chilli paste/chilli boh
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tbsp onion paste
1 tbsp Mahsuri kicap manis/sweet soy sauce
1 tbsp Mahsuri oyster sauce (for a non-vegetarian version, otherwise omit)
3 tbsp of oil
Spring onion for garnishing
Lime wedges (optional)
Salt for taste (taste first before adding)

Deep fry brinjal till brown and crispy.
Dish out and keep aside.

Heat the 3 tbsp of oil.
Fry the chilli paste, garlic paste and onion paste till aromatic and oil splits.
Pour 1 tbsp of Mahsuri kicap manis/sweet soy sauce.
Optional: add 1/2 tbsp of Mahsuri oyster sauce.
Season with salt if needed.
Gently scoop sambal and add on a serving plate.
Pile up fried brinjal atop.
Garnish with spring onion.
Optional; serve with lime to be squeezed over before tucking in.
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  1. we don't get this particular brand...The dish looks tempting

  2. lovely sambal and love the step pics

  3. i love baingan any form. will try your recipe too :)

  4. Such a lovely dish to make with brinjals!

  5. i just love eggplant any size any taste, so this i have to try it very soon

  6. i veg dish from you, yehhh
    i think its a great way to make brinjal yummy

  7. Delicious sambal and nice photo set up.....n love ur step by step pics..... :)

  8. I agree - vegetarian food is not at all boring! We have tons of options :)) (Coming from a hardcore vegetarian, lol ) Love that pic of yours - all things that bloggers do! LOL

  9. This is a good twist from the regular brinjal we make.. wud love to try it .. yummy

  10. I can see your effort for that perfect shot. Worth it.
    Vegetarian, yes please.

  11. Camera, action! Hahaha! That shot is epic, Nava! Very nice presentation! xoxo

  12. I love brinjal in any form and your dish looks really good! Great shot of the spread on your table. It's worth climbing high!:-))

  13. this looks super delish..a treat for brinjal lovers..I'll def try this for my hubby

  14. very wonderfully explained detailed post.. i can eat brinjal in any form.. This version looks so tempting!!

  15. That looks so delicious! Perfect with some steamed rice :)

  16. wow nava your dish looks so kool :) bookmarked :)

  17. Wow love the brinjal dish, it looks so gorgeous. Your effort to click the perfect shot is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing !!

  18. I loved the way you explained and brinjal being my favourite couldn't resist...Looks great dear!!....Different to the usual one!!....Loving it!!

  19. This saucy brinjal creates an unique picture from the rest. I, would love to try this soon. Thanks for sharing :)

  20. wow, fried eggplant looks too good, and great clicks dear:)


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