What do i do about Eggplants?

Eggplant o lantern - eggplant o lantern.Three bringals
@rekhum (2434)
India
July 27, 2007 7:50am CST
Do you have any better recipe for this nasty veg. I 'll appreciate your very own recipe right from your kitchen without having to add all those ingredients i havn't even heard of.You may drag some recipes from the web although, after being re-edited into your own simple word and not too many ingredients.Leave all those fancy-ingredients to the 5-Star Hotel Chefs. I was so out of idea that i boiled the egg-plants today and mashed it and had it after sprinkling some salt and Monosodium-glutamate(check the spelling)also known as ajinomoto.
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15 responses
• United States
27 Jul 07
Have you ever tried fried eggplant? Peel and slice to 1/4 inch thick (I use a hand held slicer) It depends on how many eggs u use as to how much eggplant you have. I don't measure anything, I just go as to the consistency. Start with 3 eggs, add grated Parmesean cheese, pepper, garlic salt to taste & fresh or dried parsley. Mix should be consistency of pancake batter, not real loose , not thick. In plastic ziplock baggie, add about 1 cup of flour, shake sliced eggplant in flour, then dip in egg mixture, coating both sides. Fry over med heat in olive oil. Make sure the oil is hot before adding eggplant or it will just float around absorbing oil and the first few wont taste very good. Fry till golden on both sides. You can eat them as a side, make eggplant parmesean (with spag. sauce and mozzorella cheese, or the are great in a sandwich with sliced tomato, salt & pepper. My family gobbles these down while I am still frying them. A great favorite. Good luck.
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@rekhum (2434)
• India
27 Jul 07
Sounds like a delectable recipe.Can i print this and take it to my kitchen? Thanks.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Fried eggplant is delicious. I can never get mine to come out like my mom always did. Thanks for the tips, breelee.
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• United States
27 Jul 07
Your welcome. I think the trick is not to skimp on the cheese and to use olive oil.
@tuffy999 (794)
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
make it into a side dish; grill the eggplant, when done take the skin off and chop chop red tomatoes (not so fine) chop white onion vinegar to taste, salt and pepper to taste mix together
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@rekhum (2434)
• India
27 Jul 07
Great.I am going to try your recipe. If its tasty i'll notify you.thanks.
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@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
27 Jul 07
I personally don't like to eat eggplant but my family loves to make it for every occassion, I hope you will like it: *Poke eggplants with fork all over *Grill eggplants, until almost skinless *soak in cold water *skin eggplants *Chop White Onions *mix eggplant and onions into a bowl with coconut milk That's it! Very simple yet tastey:)
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@rekhum (2434)
• India
27 Jul 07
Lol.Until now, i always use to have eggplant with its skin.If we fry it it turns crispy though. I'll add your recipe to mine.Thanks.
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@kitty1234 (1476)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Have you ever tried it on homemade pizza, is great. Peel and cut slices very thin, cover with batter and fry until golden, add to the pizza and cover with sauce and cheese. It is a good way to get veggies into the family. And its tasty too.
@rekhum (2434)
• India
28 Jul 07
No i haven't.I haven't yet made pizza myself.It would turn black definitely.lol.This looks very simple.I just hafta order pizza and have it with the fried eegplant,sauce,cheese and all.Thanks.my mouthh is already watering.
• France
27 Jul 07
You slice it in slices of 1cm. Then you heat some olive oil in a pan and put the slices there. Turn them around now and then, untill golden and tender. Heat the oven (T 5/6). Put cooking paper on the oven's shet and put the slices on it. On top of each slice, add a slice of mozarella and a slice of tomatoe. Add salt and paper and sprinkle some olive oil on the top of that (I also add some thyme). Cook for 10/15 minutes and serve with for example,a green salad or with a pork roast.
@rekhum (2434)
• India
27 Jul 07
Thanks for your simple recipe.I hope i could cook this.
@brothertuck (1257)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Here's a simple recipe. The initial prep takes a bit but mostly it's waiting. Take an eggplant and peal and cube it to about 1 inch cubes (2.5cm). Put into a bowl and add a handfull of salt. Stir it around to coat the eggplant. Let this sit in the refridgerator for at least an hour but more if you can to leech the water from it. Other prep to do is to slice an small onion into thin slices. When that is ready, heat a fry pan or skillet, even a wok would be good. Add enough oil (whatever you like, doesn't have to be olive oil but that is good) to coat the pan. Let the oil heat up. Add the onions and let it cook until just limp. Add the equivalant of a clove or 2 of garlic, do this to taste, if you like more garlic add more if less add less. Rinse the eggplant to get the residual salt off of it. Pat it to get most of the water off of it or it will splatter when you put it in the pan. Put the Eggplant into the pan and let it start to cook for about 4 or 5 minutes. Check it to keep it a soft firm and not mushy. Add a large home size can of crushed tomato, let this cook for another 4 or 5 minutes and then add basil, italian seasoning, oregano, or whatever your favorite italian seasonings are. stir and let simmer until it is heated through. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. I have also had this with a potato or 2 diced and cooked in it. I've never done that but would add the potato with the eggplant to make sure it is cooked. You can experiment with the seasonings to make it how you like it. Add cuman and some curry seasonings, or some peppers and cilantro, or try it with ginger and soy sauce instead of the tomatoes. Whatever type of seasonings you like and how ever spicy you like.
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• United States
27 Jul 07
I am going to try this one brothertuck! It sounds delicious. Sounds like it would be pretty good served with a nice white fish.
@jal1948 (1360)
• India
27 Jul 07
slice the eggplant (brinjals make a thick liquid batter ( paste)of gram flour with a pinch of chilli , haldi (safron), powder and a pinch of salt dip the slicesinto this batter and fry. it willbe the best dish ever
@rekhum (2434)
• India
27 Jul 07
Sounds like a 'Bengali Dish'.I like their dish which is cooked in the same way you mentioned minus the haldi.
@RESGuy (859)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Hey there! I like eggplants like you :-D My favorite way to eat it is Eggplant Parmesan. I buy it at BJs and you just have to heat it but those people sell it excellent. My mom never buys anything made because she is a personal chef and likes to cook her self but this is really good. Anyways, if you want to make it yourself, I found a link to a simple recipe for it! http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/000220eggplant_parmesan.php Well I just hope it tastes as good (or better) than the one I have eaten! It is one of my favorite foods really, let me know if you try it! Good luck ;-)
@rekhum (2434)
• India
28 Jul 07
Good for you,you have a great mom.As i live alone i cook for myself(can't afford a maid-chef really).Besides i feel more at home when i cook at my place instead of eating out and lunch service etc.I am glad you too like this vegetable.It is said to contain lots of iron in eggplants which purifies our blood for which i can't ignore.And hey,Thankx for the link.Now i know why this shiny material in violet color sells fast at the vendors.
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@RESGuy (859)
• United States
28 Jul 07
hehe Yeah I love my mom :-D It is good that you like to cook, I like to as well. Cooking for yourself is healthier than going out to eat, and usually cheaper too. It is true that eggplants do contain a lot of vitamins and other good stuff for your body. Like you said, they are an excellent source of iron :-)
@rekhum (2434)
• India
30 Jul 07
First you said you like eggplants and now you are telling me you love your mom.lol.I am sure you won't be able to live without the either.
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@brimia (6584)
• United States
29 Jul 07
Baba Ghanoush - Baba Ghanoush/Eggplant dip
Eggplant dip/ Baba Ghanoush (serve with pita wedges and fresh vegetables) 1 large or 2 medium eggplant 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tbsp tahini (sesame paste) 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped Juice of one lemon 1/4 cup chopped parsley Paprika Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Poke holes in eggplant all over with a fork. Place in oven for 45-50 minutes until very soft. Remove from oven, plunge in cold water to cool or simply wait for the eggplant to cool. Peel and chop cooked eggplant. Place in a blender with the garlic, tahini, scallions, lemon juice and parsley. Blend until almost smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, sprinkle a little paprika on top.
@rekhum (2434)
• India
30 Jul 07
Now,tahini,scallions,paprika,etc.lol.I really think i should take a vocational cooking lessons.But i'll try to get them at the store.Hope i can manage their pronunciations.
• Philippines
28 Jul 07
I never realized you can cook/eat eggplat in so many ways, not until I read all the responses here. I will try some of those. As for me, I usually just have it fried and dipped in soysauce and calamansi and eaten with rice.
@rekhum (2434)
• India
30 Jul 07
Me too,Crazy. lol.On my last somnolent sunday afternoon i tried to make many of these dishes.All were delectable except few when i botched my cooking.
• Philippines
28 Jul 07
boil the eggplant and peel it.then scramble an egg, put some pepper, salt and ajinomoto in it.smashed the eggplant on the egg and fry it..or you would wanna add some sauted ground pork with diced potatoes on top of the eggplant..
@rekhum (2434)
• India
30 Jul 07
I havn't tried with pork so i'll opt for it instead of the later(potatoes).Is this a 'tarong talong' the other user above submitted?
• Philippines
28 Jul 07
dude, try this: egg plant- grilled into softer state. peel off skin and season it with salt and pepper. scramble some eggs- Dip the eggplant into the scrambled eggs and fry them. In our country we call the eggplant talong. and the way it is cooked (the one I taught you) is tortang talong. Enjoy!!!
@rekhum (2434)
• India
30 Jul 07
It sounds exotic.I am goin to try it.Thanks.
@mayenskie (1308)
• Philippines
28 Jul 07
I know, this veggie is one of my least favorites. But i do love fried eggplant. I grill it and peel the skin off, then mash it a little bit with fork, but the stem should not be detached. Then sprinkle a bit of salt if you like. Beat an egg, put some of your ajinomoto if you like and dip your eggplant there. Fry it in hot oil. The second eggplant dish i like is the eggplant salad. Grill and peel the skin again. if you do not like grilling you can boil it and keep the skin. Mash it a bit, add onions, tomatoes, salt and fresh cocomilk. Viola! you got a very delicious dish. =) Sometimes i stew it, but i put some meat with it and soysauce too to taste.
@rekhum (2434)
• India
28 Jul 07
Great,i am gonna try to make all the dishes mylot users had shared here.I just pray i get them as desirable and tasty as it should be.
• United States
28 Jul 07
I cannot stand eggplant. I avoid it at all cost.
@rekhum (2434)
• India
30 Jul 07
Before i didn't know what to do with them but now i must say eggplants could be made into a delectable dish.
@VotreAmie (3037)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Hi liyan97. I love eggplants and my husbands hates them lol I doN,t do much with them. I just cut them in slices and then fry them in oil. I use it in my sandwiches: tomatoes, onions, lettuce, fried eggplants and cheese! It tastes yummy. I usually make them when I have my mother in-law over because like me she loves them! Take care and happy mylotting liyan97!