Eggplant can be cooked in many ways. I prefer simple one like this...easy to prepare and doesn't take much time to prepare. Homegrown eggplants are the best as they are not only organic but near at hand too...just pluck them when they are in season :p Okay, back to making this simple yet delicious appetizer dish. Minty, tangy and some heat from the bird's eye chillies made this dish so good that I have put in my to-make-again list :)
I learned from a cooking book that give tips on how to cook eggplant so that the inside wont turn dark color. First ,lightly cook the eggplant as a whole in hot oil. Take it out, then boil in hot boiling water till cook. I guess it worked as you can see the inside doesn't change color, making the eggplants looks refreshing. The eggplants, mint leaves and calamansi are from my lil garden space . I whipped out a simple appetizer using homegrown stuffs :) Hope you like this recipe too :)
first fry the eggplant in hot oil, then boil in hot water
so that the inside will not turn darker color, it works as you can see
the inside is refreshing and maintain its color :)
Add lightly sauteed chopped garlic to the eggplant
the minty, tangy plus the sauteed garlic really give
flavors to the bland eggplant and the chillies gives heat to the dish
what can I say, the flavors just explode in the mouth ...mmmm
excellent appetizer dish!
Minty , Tangy Eggplant Appetizer
5 eggplants -wash and wipe dry
oil enough to fry the eggplant
3 cloves of garlic- chopped
3 tbsp of chopped mint leaves
2 bird's eye chillies - sliced
2 calamansi - cut into halves and squeeze juice
1 tsp of rice bran oil
1 drop of sesame oil
salt to taste
Heat oil in a wok and fry the eggplant till skin is lightly brown. Dish out and put the fried eggplant in boiling water and cook till soft. Dish out and let it cool down before removing the skin. Cut into 1.5 inch length wise strips. Place the cut eggplant in a bowl.
Lightly saute chopped garlic till lightly brown and crisps. Dish out and leave aside. Chop mint leaves and slice chillies . Cut calamansi into halves and squeeze juice into a small bowl.
Add the mint leaves, chillies, a drop sesame oil and 1 tsp of rie bran oil to the cut eggplants. Mix well together and add in salt and calamansi juice to taste. Add in the sauteed garlic as garnishing last. Serve this appetizer cold or warm