Thutilinanga Indonesian Chili Fried Eggplants/Aubergine

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Eggplant also know as Aubergine is one of our favorite vegetables. Well technically it is a fruit but people use it as a vegetable. These veggies are in the same vegetable family as tomatoes, sweet peppers and potatoes. I know it's kind of weird thinking that all these vegetables belong in the same family. Eggplants/Aubergine come in a variety of shapes and colors but I think to most of us in the west we are most familiar with the long almost pear shape purple varieties. People in Asia are also familiar with long skinny, round and small eggplants. Since I've only had the long pear shaped I could not tell you how and if they differ in taste. Maybe some of my readers could enlighten me ?

Eggplants are very good for our bodies, have you ever noticed that the darker fruits,vegetables and greens are usually the best and healthiest options. They are a good source for Vitamins B1,B6 , dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid, magnesium, cooper, niacin, antioxidants and the list goes on. In studies Eggplants have also proven to lower cholesterol as well as help manage type 2 diabetes and their GI is 15 - quite low. In addition to being very beneficial to our bodies I find Eggplant to be a very versatile vegetable that will absorb any type of spices and sauces well so it makes a great cooking ingredient.


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The recipe I'm sharing with you today is from one of my Indonesian cookbooks our FDG so kindly brought for me from Indonesia. ( I spoke about it here ) I'd like to tell you that my photo doesn't do the dish justice, Even though it doesn't look so pretty it really was delicious so delicious that I've made a several times now. I followed the recipe pretty much as in the book but one time I changed a couple of things, please see the notes. The eggplant was soft with a little bit of spiciness from the chili and all the flavors really came together. I hope you try the recipe and see how flavorful it tastes.


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Ingredients:
(serves 2-3)

2 medium eggplants ( aubergine)*
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 red chili, thinly sliced ( or any color you have)
1-2 tsp. ground chillies
2 Roma tomatoes, quartered
1/4 tsp. salt
2 medium eggs,lightly beaten
6 3/4 oz or 200 ml thick coconut milk ( I have also substituted with vegetable broth)

In addition I have on occasions also added the following ingredients:
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small piece of ginger, finely chopped

(*The recipe book calls for 4 Aubergines, they are refereeing to long and thin Asian Aubergines but instead I have used 2 large and thick western Aubergines. *)

1. Slice off both ends of the clean eggplants then slice them in half cutting widthwise. Take each half and slice into quarters lengthwise. Heat the oil and fry the eggplants until they have browned , making sure to turn so they fry on all sides. In the mean time slice the onion, chili and cut the tomatoes into quarters. Once the eggplants are browned and soften through place on a serving platter or large plate and set aside. In the same pan fry the onions until they are translucent then add the chili and fry for another 3 minutes. Next add the tomatoes, ground chili, and salt giving the ingredients a good stir. Fry until the tomatoes have broken down.

2. Next push the vegetables aside and add a little more oil to the pan if necessary, pour the beaten eggs. Cook the eggs though and break up to scrambled eggs. Stir and combine the egg into the vegetable mixture. Pour the thick coconut milk or if substituting like I have pour the vegetable broth. Stir to well combine all ingredients and allow to come to a boil.

Pour the vegetables mixture over the eggplants and serve.
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The eggplant tasted much better than it looks in my photos, sorry the photos aren't very good. Both my husband and I really enjoyed them, we ate all of it. They were served on the side of Nasi Goreng for a Vegetarian dinner. ( Recipe for Nasi Goreng is here )

I leave you with another little fact about Eggplant/Aubergines , they are native to the Indian Sub-Continent and then were spread throughout many regions of the world. Funny I always pictured or thought they were native to Mediterranean areas in Europe.

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* This dish can be enjoyed as a main dish or as a side dish. If you are a vegetarian and don't eat eggs I think Tofu instead of eggs would taste just as good. *

27 comments:

Magic of Spice August 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

I think the photos are beautiful...and if it tastes even better than it looks, Wow! I do love eggplant, I would defiantly want the ginger and garlic too:)

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron August 6, 2010 at 5:31 PM  

I agree eggplants are versatile. I've tasted both types but not quite sure the taste difference. Maybe the non-Asian ones are hearty meater?

I didn't know it's a fruit! ha. I always thought it was a veggie. Great information here! The dish, of course, looks delicious!

Indonesia-Eats August 6, 2010 at 6:13 PM  

I just finsihed eating my nasi goreng cabe hijau kemangi (green chili and lemon basil fried rice). I definitely want some of this eggplant.

Btw, you got one of the Indonesian trusted cookbook publishers. Most of my Indonesian cookbooks were written by Yasaboga teams too. You should try to look for "The Best of Indonesian desserts"

Subterfuge Diva August 6, 2010 at 7:05 PM  

I LOVE this dish, the ingredients are so fresh and bursting with goodness, especially if you use freshly squeezed coconut milk. Btw, I think your composition is incredible, wish I had your eye and talent!

Claudia August 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

I like the spicy taste for this. I always do eggplant Italian and it is fun to find new ways to prepare it.

Cajun Chef Ryan August 6, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

Okay, I'll have a bowl of this now!

Bon appetit!
=:~)

Stella August 6, 2010 at 11:02 PM  

I just need a slice of a big, crusty baguette to use as my utensil for this eggplant yumminess!

Trish August 6, 2010 at 11:23 PM  

I can never get enough eggplant. Love how this dish has some heat added to it. And seems light and healthy. Thanks for sharing :)

Sook August 7, 2010 at 12:00 AM  

Wow, what a wonderful vegetable dish! Looks so healthy and scrumptious.

Pacheco Patty August 7, 2010 at 12:25 AM  

Beautiful eggplant dish, love all the spices, great recipe, I'm going to bookmark this one to try, thanks!

TasteHongKong August 7, 2010 at 1:41 AM  

That's fine, the pictures show that the eggplants and eggs are well-cooked with the sauce. I think you have made a nice healthy dish.

girlichef August 7, 2010 at 5:46 AM  

I think this dish sounds amazing...love all the flavors packed into it! Of the couple types of eggplant I've tried, it seems that they've all tasted pretty much the same to me...perhaps the skins are a bit more tender on the smaller ones, if I remember right? Been awhile... I'm actually salivating over that pic with the raw ingredients pictured...mmmm =)

Emily August 7, 2010 at 12:52 PM  

Your eggplant dish looks absolutely delish! Adding eggs and coconut into eggplants is definitely new to me; that said, I think they compliments the otherwise bland eggplants. :)

roxan August 7, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

Whaaat?! I didn't know that eggplants are fruits. Either way, I love them!

A Little Yumminess August 7, 2010 at 11:17 PM  

Love Indonesian food. This looks like a good recipe! Thanks!

penny aka jeroxie August 8, 2010 at 2:25 AM  

Yeah. this is a great side dish for pther spicy foods.

fromBAtoParis August 8, 2010 at 4:43 AM  

The photos are incredible but the recipe is a sure hit too!!!
Congrats !!!

Simply Life August 8, 2010 at 7:12 AM  

what a beautiful and colorful dish!

Rick August 8, 2010 at 9:34 AM  

You always have the most interesting dishes that are simply intriguing. This looks so good!

Thella August 9, 2010 at 12:36 AM  

wow Nancy, you make eggplants look a lot less boring for me. makes me wanna try this eggplant dish at home :)

Conor @ Hold the Beef August 9, 2010 at 2:14 AM  

Ah, another one of those tricky fruits that is masquerading as a vege. I love them regardless and am glad to know they have so many health benefits. Looks like a tasty dish.

Liv Wan August 10, 2010 at 8:21 AM  

I've never tried Indonesian food before but it seems like tasty and easy to make. Coconut milk in eggs must be so tasty. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

bunkycooks August 10, 2010 at 9:36 PM  

I know that the ingredients in this dish would be fabulous together. It looks great and I will have to give it a try!

Ari August 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

I agree, these pictures are outstanding! I find eggplant can be difficult to prepare, so I normally just order it out, but I have a feeling my spice-loving fiancé would LOVE this.

Magda @ Be Nutritious August 11, 2010 at 7:40 PM  

That looks absolutely fabulous, I love everything with eggplant and actually I never tried Indonesian cuisine.

DailyKitchen August 19, 2010 at 1:44 PM  

An intriguing dish - certainly not a combination I would have thought of! Nice photos, as well.

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