Crispy Eggplant Curry

I’m growing these adorable lil Japanese eggplants. They happen to be delicious. I curried them up.

1 lb eggplant sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds (if using a bigger eggplant variety, try cubes)
1 white onion, sliced
12 oz bamboo shoots in chili oil
1 1/2 Cups green peas (I use frozen)
2 large springs basil (I’m growing purple basil so I use that. Thai basil would be nice too)
13 oz (1 can) coconut milk
3 TB green curry powder
enough sesame oil/ veggie oil blend to pan fry the eggplant

Salt the eggplant and set it aside to drain. Slice the onion, chiffonade the basil, eat a handful of thawed peas.

When the eggplant has released much of it’s fluid, rinse it and drain it well. A salad spinner is great for this. Heat a little veggie oil seasoned with sesame oil in a wok. Stir fry the eggplant over medium-high heat until brown and crispy. Transfer to plate to rest.

Add onion to pan and let the sugars caramelize. When onion has a nice brown color all over, add the bamboo shoots and chili oil, basil, and peas. Stir fry 2 minutes then turn heat to medium. Add coconut milk and green curry powder. Stir to combine. Cover and let heat through to bubbling.

Serve over rice.

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Green Curry Lentil Crepes with Yogurt Sauce

This is a fun entree or party food. The crepes are dryer and more sturdy than french crepes and can stand up to being a finger food.

For the Crepes:
1 C brown rice flour
1 C tapioca flour
4 eggs
1/2 C rice milk
plenty of pepper
1 tsp salt

Mix these in a blender. Scrape the sides of the blender pitcher and blend again to remove lumps and fully incorporate all the flour.

Heat crepe pan or skillet to medium high. Oil the skillet with a high temperature friendly oil like sesame, grape seed, or coconut oil. Pour about 1/3 C batter onto pan and rotate quickly to make a thin layer of batter over crepe pan. Flip when the crepe looks dry. If your crepes are thin enough, you do not need to cook them on both sides.

For the Curry Lentil Filling:
2 Cups cooked lentils, drained and rinse
2 TB green curry powder or paste
2 handfuls baby spinach

In a food processor, blend the lentils with the curry seasoning. Green curry is a blend of chili powder, green chili, ginger, garlic, cumin, lemongrass, and salt. You can make your own or buy a mix. There are many good green curry blends made from organic and fair trade spices.

Heat seasoned lentil mash over medium heat, stirring frequently. When it is heated through, remove from heat and stir in spinach. The spinach will wilt into the lentil mash. It may be easier to add the spinach in batches rather than all at once.

For the Yogurt Sauce:
I really cheated on this one. I just blended 1/3 C plain yogurt with a few squirts sriracha. You can use chili powder and salt to season your yogurt if you ran out of sriracha. But you should probably just go get more sriracha.

To Assemble:
Fill crepes with 3 TB lentil and spinach curry mix. Roll tight. Either cut into finger-food length and serve with yogurt on the side as a dipping sauce OR leave the crepes long and drizzle yogurt sauce over them for an entree presentation.

Indian Style Cabbage Salad

It’s cabbage season. Here is something to do with it other than make traditional slaw.

Cabbage Salad Served with Tandoori Chicken and Creamy Lentils

1 head green cabbage, shredded
2 tomatoes, diced
juice from 3 limes – about 4 TB
juice from 2 lemons – about 4 TB
3 tsp garam masala
2 tsp chili powder
1 small diced green chili
2 tsp salt

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. When dicing the tomatoes, transfer juices from cutting board to the salad bowl for added moisture. Coat cabbage well in seasoning and juices. Let rest in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before serving. This can be made up to 1 day in advance.

Tandoori Style Chicken

This is another recipe I like to use dark meat for. Legs are easy to handle and are the perfect portion for little ones. Also, our farmer’s market recently introduced a new lower-waste packaging design for local legs and wings.

Served with Lentils and Cabbage Salad

Marinade for 4 pieces of chicken:

1/3 Cup plain yogurt
1 tsp each ground coriander, cumin, fresh grated ginger, chili powder, salt, black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced

Whisk marinade in a bowl large enough to hold chicken. Mix well. The salt is very important in this marinade. It helps the meat soak up the marinade much like when brining chicken.

Score chicken pieces with a sharp knife. Coat chicken in marinade and let rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Chicken can soak for up to 6 hours.

To Cook:

Set broiler to high. Heat cast iron skillet on stove top on high heat. Add a little olive or vegetable oil to the pan. Just before oil smokes, add chicken pieces. Do not shake off marinade.

Spoon marinade over chicken carefully to avoid popping or splashing. Let chicken cook without turning for 5 minutes. Transfer skillet full of chicken to broiler for 15 minutes or until pieces are cooked through. Use a middle rack and keep your broiler closed. This creates a very hot oven without putting the chicken too close to the heat source.

** Tandoori Chicken in an Indian restaurant is usually red. If you wish to add food coloring to the marinade, go for it.

Veggie Leftovers Samosas

Make Thanksgiving leftovers Indian! Go ahead and be “lazy.” Get pre-fab egg roll wrappers at the grocery store and skip making pastry. You can also use pre-fab pie crust, phyllo dough, or puff pastry! This is so fast and easy, you’ll have to tell all your friends.

Crispy Samosas

Mix 3 Cups of left over veggies: Chopped green beans, sweet potatoes, corn, peas, mashed potatoes, carrots, etc. Stir in 2 tsp curry powder. Adjust the spice according to your taste.

Place 2 TBSP veggie filling on wrapper pastry (egg roll wrappers are about 3 inches square). Fold into a triangle and seal edge with a mixture of 1 egg beat with 2 TBSP water. Crimp edge down with a fork.

Brush samosas with a little peanut or vegetable oil. Bake in 400 degree F oven for 12-15 minutes, until crispy brown. Samosas can also be deep fried 3-5 minutes.

Serve with dipping sauce made from equal parts left over cranberry sauce and sauteed onions. Simply saute chopped yellow onion in butter until caramelized them stir in an equal amount of cranberry sauce.

These make a great dinner, appetizer, or hors devour for your holiday entertaining. Use vegan pastry and veggies for a vegan version.

 

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