Wednesday, October 8, 2008

VeganMoFo - It must be eggplant season... that makes me a happy lady

Eggplants are cheap!! But they are not just cheap compared to how much they cost during the rest of the year... they are cheaper than most other vegetables at the moment. Now I love eggplant... but Nat is taking a little longer to warm to this versatile vegetable. However he did love this dish.

Dahl with eggplant and spinach

1 or 2 medium eggplants
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 tsp madras curry powder
1 tsp chili paste
1 1/2 cups lentils
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups water
About 50g frozen spinach, thawed (I would have used more but I only had one cube left)
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste

Preheat oven to 200ÂșC, pierce the eggplant with a fork a couple of times and put on a tray on the middle rack for 30 minutes. When done, cool and then peel off the skin and place in a food processor. Add the spinach.

While the eggplant is roasting, fry the onion and garlic in oil or water until brown. Add spices and seeds and continue to stir for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

Add the lentils, salt and the water to the pot. Bring them to a boil and then cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the water is almost gone.

When the lentils are cooked, add half the lentil mixture to the food processor.
Add the spinach, tomatoes and tomato paste and process the ingredients on low. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan with the unblended lentils.

Serve over your choice of rice with naan or pappadams.

**I am going to make my first ever seitan tonight*** WATCH THIS SPACE*** I am super excited... and a little nervous.


Bethany said...

that dahl look s great. I'm always on the lookout for a good dahl recipe.

Reni said...

That looks so yummy I may just be tempted to actually cook an eggplant!

I was nervous about seitan, too. But it actually isn't that bad. :) Just don't worry when it looks like a slimy loofah sponge...that's pretty normal! (I think)

jessy said...

oooooooo! i love that you've got eggplant & spinach in the dahl! i'm printing off your recipe right now! thank you so much! :) dan and i are working on loving us some eggplants - some times it's a hit or a miss, but we really ♥ indian food and i think this recipe sounds amazing! yay! i'm convinced that if we keep eating eggplant we'll eventually looooove it! i mean, that theory worked for me with beets & cucumbers! ahahahaaa!

homemade seitan! whhheeeeee! i'll check back, for sure!

oh - and you asked a while ago if dan & i make our own ketchup. sadly, we do not. we buy an organic brand that's pretty yummy, but hopefully one day we'll be making our own! yay!

allularpunk said...

i really must learn to like eggplant...i'm still trying!