Saturday, January 28, 2012

Aloo Baingan (AKA, potato with eggplant)

Eggplant is one of my favorite foods. Close to that is potato. What better than the two together? I had started the day planning eggplant with peas, but unbeknown to me... the peas disappeared! I needed a few items from the store, so I ran out and picked up some organic potatoes. Makes sense, right?

  • 2 American eggplants, un-peeled, cut into 1/2 - 3/4'' inch slices
  • 3 medium russet potatoes, un-peeled, cut into 1/2 - 3/4'' inch slices and then cut in half
  • 4 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Black mustard seed
  • Pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Cumin Seed
  • 1 chopped green chili adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Crushed garlic
  • 3/4-1 full white onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander Seed, Ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
  • salt to taste
  • High quality cooking oil
Preheat oven to 425. Place eggplant on a buttered/margarined cooking sheet. Lightly salt the eggplant. Place in oven to roast for 25-30 minutes. While this is cooking, place potatoes in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 4 minutes, softening the potatoes (not required).

Heat oil in pan and when hot, add  the black mustard seed. When it begins to pop, stir and add hing. Stir and add in cumin seed, roast lightly add in coriander. Add in garlic stir, and add in the onion. Stir and when it is translucent, add in turmeric and chili. If you don't like it spicy, remove chili after it has cooked a few minutes.

Add in your potato and tomato. Stir and cover.
When eggplant is finished, peel (optional) and add into the pan. Stir well, add salt and cook for 15-25 minutes, until well mixed and potato is completely soft.

Serve with indian bread... ENJOY!


  1. oh lawd - i'm hungry all over again after seeing this :D

  2. We love white egglant, but had a horrible growing season this year. There was hardly any available all year at the farmer's market!

  3. I have never had eggplant. I wonder what it tastes like. I'm glad you were able to pair two of your favorites and make a wonderful dish. :)


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