Sri Lankan Eggplant Coconut Curry

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Here i am with a vegetarian recipe after a long time. You might have already noticed that there are very few veggie items in my blog. I admit that i suck at vegetarian dishes.

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I never used to like it much too, maybe because i didn’t know any good veg recipes. But i am really starting to love the greens nowadays. All thanks to my son Hamad’s nanny. She makes amazing vegetarian dishes. She is a Sri Lankan, so i got to learn a lot of their signature dishes. Most of their curries have coconut milk as the main ingredient.

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This particular dish is my most favorite item. It has deep fried eggplant in a nice and flavor packed coconut milk gravy. Im sure that even the egg plant haters will love this dish, guaranteed. Its too good. You all should try out this dish for sure.

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*1/4 kg long eggplants
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Salt to taste

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Half of a medium tomato
Half of an onion
1-2 green chillies
A sprig of curry leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
*3/4 cup thin coconut milk
*1/2 cup thick coconut milk
Salt to taste

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1. Cut the eggplant length wise and marinate with turmeric powder and salt.
2. Deep fry till golden and drain on a kitchen tissue.
3. Add the tomato, onion, green chillies, curry leaves, garlic, chilly powder, turmeric, along with thin coconut milk in a pan. Mash with hand.
4. Boil till cooked and the coconut milk dries. At this point add the thick coconut milk, salt and the fried eggplant. Boil for 5 mins till the eggplant soaks the milk and the gravy gets thick.

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Notes:

✔️ There are many different varieties of eggplant. The long light colored ones are the best for this. Like this one:

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or this will do too,

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✔️ I used coconut milk powder to make the coconut milk. For thin coconut milk, use 11/2 tsp powder and mix in 3/4 of water. For thick milk, mix 21/2-3 tsp powder in 1/2 cup milk. You can take milk from fresh coconut too.
✔️ This curry tastes best with boiled rice. You can have it with rotis too.

 

Sri Lankan Eggplant Coconut Curry
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INGREDIENTS
  1. *1/4 kg long eggplants
  2. Turmeric powder- a pinch
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Half of a medium tomato
  5. Half of an onion
  6. 1-2 green chillies
  7. A sprig of curry leaves
  8. 2 cloves garlic
  9. 1/2 tsp red chilly powder
  10. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  11. *3/4 cup thin coconut milk
  12. *1/2 cup thick coconut milk
  13. Salt to taste
DIRECTIONS
  1. Cut the eggplant length wise and marinate with turmeric powder and salt.
  2. Deep fry till golden and drain on a kitchen tissue.
  3. Add the tomato, onion, green chillies, curry leaves, garlic, chilly powder, turmeric, along with thin coconut milk in a pan. Mash with hand.
  4. Boil till cooked and the coconut milk dries. At this point add the thick coconut milk, salt and the fried eggplant. Boil for 5 mins till the eggplant soaks the milk and the gravy gets thick.
Notes
  1. ✔️ There are many different varieties of eggplant. The long light colored ones are the best for this
  2. ✔️ I used coconut milk powder to make the coconut milk. For thin coconut milk, use 11/2 tsp powder and mix in 3/4 of water. For thick milk, mix 21/2-3 tsp powder in 1/2 cup milk. You can take milk from fresh coconut too.
  3. ✔️ This curry tastes best with boiled rice. You can have it with rotis too.
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44 thoughts on “Sri Lankan Eggplant Coconut Curry

  1. Sadia,
    Another mouth watering recipe from you! I love how the eggplant is cut for this recipe too. Ooh the ‘melt in your mouth’ strips of eggplant ! The curry sounds delicious

  2. Sadia,
    You are the goddess for me today! I lurve eggplants and today you brought such an amazing curry, enriching my dictionary of eggplant recipes. Just amazing!! Girl, link it up to the ff 54!! This needs more attention from fellow bloggers!
    Wow!! Superb!!
    Sonal

  3. That is awesome Sadia!!! Never tried eggplant with coconut milk….Love both of them. Sure will try it soon 🙂 Most of all loved your photographs!!!

  4. Oh come now – the chocolate cake below is vegetarian too surely :)?? Love the eggplant dish, I love all things eggplant of course so that is not hard – looks divine and the photos are amazing too!

  5. What a great dish! I am having a bit of an eggplant crush at the moment and this looks ideal! Beautiful as always, I love your pictures 🙂

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