Monday, January 24, 2011

Thai Eggplant and Lentil Curry

I use the term 'curry' loosely - It's more of a lentil stew, or dal, with curry powder in it.
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry
The suprising thing about lentils is, how little you have to use to make a cheap and healthy meal. I used just half a cup of yellow lentils.
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry
I had a small packet of Thai brinjal (eggplant/aubergines) that was starting to wilt. And since I'd never tastes these tiny brinjals - and the packet did warn me they'd be "surprisingly pungent and bitter", what better way to try out a new ingredient than using it up in a familiar curry dish?!
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry
These brinjals are ridiculously small - more like green peas. But if you cut one open, you see the same innards as a full sized brinjal. (Yes, that is the blade of my knife - they really are that small)
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry

But if you don't find them, you can use your regular brinjal, or even peas! These little babies are suprisingly spicy with a really bitter aftertaste. Good thing I refrained from adding an additional green chilli to my curry, as was previously planned. Would I try them again? Well, let's just say they were different.

Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry

Ingredients
  • 1 cup thai brinjal
  • 1/2 cup yellow lentils
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 2-3 stalks of fresh garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes
  • Teaspoon of sugar
  • Handful of coriander
  • Half a lime
To make:
Chop your tomatoes, onion, and garlic finely.
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry
Cook the lentils in 3 cups of water and a pinch of salt and the curry powder for about 15-20 minutes. If you have the time, presoak the lentils for a couple of hours before cooking.
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry
Add the brinjal, onion, and garlic to the lentils. Add more water in case it's getting too dry. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry

Add the chilli flakes and the sugar. Finally, add the tomatoes, and coriander before turning off the gas.
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry
Squeeze the lime juice and serve with plain rice or with chapatis (as I did).
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry
Thai Brinjal and Lentil Curry

12 comments:

Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA said...

I love dal but I had never heard of or seen brinjal!

foodblogandthedog said...

I love lentil dhals but I've never tried brinjals are they the baby aubergine/eggplant used in Thai Green Curries?

Cupcake said...

It looks fantastic. I've never even heard of some of these ingredients before! Very colourful.
Cupcake

Raw_Girl said...

Brinjal is another name for aubergines. These green pea-sized Thai ones are a novelty even for me. we get purple colored aubergines/brinjals in india...

Sortachef said...

Love those tiny little eggplants!
My wife who has long been vegetarian could live on lentils like these. Thanks!

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

This looks like a very tasty dish. Those little green brinjals are great in the Thai green curry. Unfortunately they are not easy to come by.

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saffronstreaks said...

loved your recipe but never saw these tiny brinjals, dal looks so comforting
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