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Spinach & eggplant curry

Method

  • Heat 2 cups oil to smoking in a deep fryer (or wok) and fry the eggplant in 2-3 lots until golden. Drain well on kitchen paper towels. (Strain the oil to re-use another day.)
  • Heat a little fresh oil in a wok (or heavy-bottomed pan) and gently sauté the onion, ginger, chillies and garlic until reasonably tender, stirring now and again.
  • Add the cardamom, cinnamon stick, cloves, garam masala, turmeric and cumin. Toss well and briefly cook to toast the spices.
  • Then add the tomatoes, stock and ½ cup coconut cream with a good amount of seasonings and the mustard. Mix well, scraping down the sides and cook down until ‘saucy’, adding more coconut cream if needed. Taste for seasoning.
  • Add the eggplant with the spinach and toss until warmed through.
  • Serve in individual bowls on a generous bed of steamed rice with chopped coriander sprinkled on top.

Ingredients

  • vegetable oil
  • 5-6 Japanese eggplant, sliced reasonably thickly & then cut in 4
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tspn grated fresh ginger
  • 2-3 small red chillies, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3-4 cardamom pods, crushed a little
  • 1 cinnamon stick, halved crossways
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • ½ tspn ground turmeric
  • ½ tspn ground cumin
  • 200 gm canned, diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup vegetable stock
  • ½-1 cup coconut cream
  • sea salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 2 heaped tspn Dijon mustard
  • 2 good handfuls baby spinach leaves, washed & drained well
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

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