Recipe: Eggplant Curry in honor of Ben Starr

Recipe: Eggplant Curry in honor of Ben Starr

Ingredients

1 medium sized eggplant( I used 1/2 a large eggplant)

1 onion

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1/2 green chillies

1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves

1 inch piece of fresh ginger(else 1 tsp ginger powder)

2/3 cloves of garlic

Baking pan

Canola Oil

Preparation

1) Rub the eggplant with oil  and spices on all sides and place it in the oven in a baking pan at 400 degrees for 15- 20 minutes.

2) Crush fresh ginger and garlic in mortar and pestle.

3)Heat a pan with oil. Add cumin, crushed ginger garlic, curry powder, cumin and coriander powder.

4) Add chopped onions and cayenne powder/ green chillies whatever is available.

5) Add tomato paste and mix.

6) Take eggplant out of the oven and now you can easily peel the skin

7) Using a hand blender or fork, mash the pulp of the eggplant and transfer it to the pan.

8) Mix well, plate and enjoy on crackers! with any kind of bread, or pita or on a sandwich:)

Eggplant Curry in Honor of Ben Starr!

Eggplant Curry in Honor of Ben Starr!

I am a huge fan of Ben Starr from Master Chef Season 2 and have always cheered for him. I feel like apart from being a wonderful chef, he is such a nice person and has been very encouraging. He has now become one of my good friends and my idol. In our recent conversation, Ben had mentioned eggplants and said to me that in India there are so many varieties of eggplants. i promised him that I would publish the recipe of my favorite eggplant curry in his honor. So here goes Ben- my currylicious eggplant dish in your honor!

You can use this eggplant curry with crackers(like in this pic), or with any bread, or pita or on a sandwich:) so enjoy!

Recipe: My Absolutely healthy Cauliflower dish!

Recipe: My Absolutely healthy Cauliflower dish!

Ingredients

Extra virgin Olive Oil
1/2 head of Cauliflower
1 large Onion
3 cloves of garlic
5-6 Mint leaves
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
Pinch of turmeric
1 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp lemon pepper powder
1/2 cup low fat or Greek yoghurt
2 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste

For garnish

Mint leaves and dried red chilly

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the cauliflower to small florets.

Take a bowl and add 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. To this add all spices, salt, cayenne and whisk well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now take a baking pan and transfer the almonds and cauliflower florets. Drizzle the oil mixed with spices onto the florets and toss well so they are evenly coated. Place the pan in the oven for 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now take a bowl, add yoghurt, salt and whisk in the lemon juice and 1/2 tsp EVOO. Add some mint leaves and mix well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now chop the onion lengthwise and finely chop the garlic.
Heat a pan add some EVOO, add the chopped garlic and onions and sauté till onions caramelize a little.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now after 20 minutes, transfer the cauliflower and almonds from the baking pan to the pan on the gas which has the onions and garlic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfer to a plate and spread the yoghurt over it. For garnish place a sprig of mint and a dried red chilly- enjoy this Currylicious healthy dish and let me know if you liked it:)

My Absolutely healthy Cauliflower dish!

My Absolutely healthy Cauliflower dish!

I opened my refrigerator to cook dinner for us and found just cauliflower and some yoghurt!

It was too late to go out and get something and then cook so figured will have to come up with a dish 🙂

I made this awesome healthy cauliflower dish with crunchy almonds, yoghurt, mint and ofcourse my spices!

My husband loved it and the best part is you can use any vegetable for this recipe and I promise it will turn out perfectly CURRYLICIOUS!!!!!!! Look for the recipe in my recipe section and would appreciate your feedback.

Creamy Cottage Cheese Curry prepared in a wok

Creamy Cottage Cheese Curry prepared in a wok

I want to start by introducing all of you to what a “Kadai” is? Kadai in India means a wok:) I prepare this awesome “currylicious” cottage cheese dish in a wok tossed with colored bell peppers, onions and tomatoes. I throw in a bunch of spices that the flavors and smell travel to my neighbours and they say “not again, Nandini- We smell another curry in the making. Are we invited”?

I just feel very generous today 🙂 and would love to share this recipe with all of you. I bet you will fall in love with this currylicious dish!!!