Indian Eggplant Dip Recipe

This Indian Eggplant Dip is easy to make and pleases the palate with bold, spicy flavors.


| February 2013


In Simply Satisfying (The Experiment, 2012), author Jeanne Lemlin offers more than 200 seasonal vegetarian recipes featuring readily available ingredients and straightforward techniques that are sure to please even the most dedicated of carnivores. These three vegetarian appetizer recipes come from the chapter "Starters." You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Simply Satisfying.

Indian Eggplant Dip Recipe

This is a richly flavored, spicy dip that is very easy to prepare. It is one of my favorite appetizers, and a good choice to acquaint newcomers to the flavors of curry. I highly recommend serving it with hot pita bread triangles so you can scoop it up, but it also works well as a spread on crackers.

Makes 1 1/4 cups

• 1 medium eggplant (1 1/4 pounds)
• 3 tablespoons butter or Ghee
• 2 teaspoons ground coriander
• 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
• 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1/2 cup finely chopped tomato
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoons yogurt
• 2 tomato wedges for garnish
• Fresh coriander or parsley sprigs for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut the stem end off the eggplant and discard. Prick the eggplant with a fork in a few places to prevent it from exploding when cooking, and place it on a pie plate or baking dish. Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the eggplant collapses and is very soft. Let sit for 10 minutes or so, or until cool enough to handle.

2. Meanwhile, heat the butter or ghee in a medium skillet. Add the coriander, turmeric, cumin seeds, cayenne, and garlic to the skillet, and “toast” these spices for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add the tomato and cook 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat.

robylinski
12/9/2016 11:29:34 AM

This sounds wonderful! I am always looking for tasty ways to serve eggplant. So profuse, but what to do with it? Thank you.


robylinski
12/9/2016 11:19:34 AM

This sounds wonderful! I am always looking for tasty ways to serve eggplant. So profuse, but what to do with it? Thank you.


robylinski
12/9/2016 11:09:38 AM

This sounds wonderful! I am always looking for tasty ways to serve eggplant. So profuse, but what to do with it? Thank you.






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