Sunday, August 12

Recipe: Eggplant Mushroom Curry

Been a little while since we put up a recipe. Let's fix that! Today's recipe is courtesy Paleo Diet Lifestyle, Eggplant Mushroom Curry.

I stumbled across this recipe the other day while trying to figure out something to do with all the eggplant around the house. This was a great dish, and relatively inexpensive for those with a garden. It cover's the gamut of diet restrictions too. Paleo, Vegetarian/ Vegan, and Gluten free! As usual, items at the store are highlighted in orange.

Ingredients

5 small eggplants (you could use two large ones, but I find it much easier to make more or less of the recipe when using the small ones);
4 oz (1/4 lb) white mushrooms, quartered;
1 tbsp coconut oil, clarified butter or other paleo cooking fat;
2 green onions, finely chopped;
2 cloves garlic, minced;
1 red chili pepper(optional depending on how spicy you’d like the final dish to be);
½ tsp chili powder;
1 tsp ground cumin;
1 tsp ground coriander;
¼ tsp ground turmeric;
4 very ripe tomatoes, diced;
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped;
1/3 cup coconut milk;
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste;

Preparation

1. Preheat your oven to 400 F. While the oven heats up, wrap each eggplant in aluminum foil.

2. Place in the oven and cook for 50 minutes to an hour.

3. Remove the eggplants from the oven and let cool.

4. After the eggplants are cool enough to handle, cut them in half and spoon out the flesh. Discard the skin and keep the flesh in a bowl. Using a fork, break apart the flesh to ensure that there are no large chunks. Put aside for later use.

5. In a large skillet over a medium heat, saute garlic in the cooking fat. Allow it to cook for about two minutes, until fragrant.

6. Add the green onion, chili pepper and mushrooms to the skillet. Saute for about 5 minutes.

7. Add all the spices to the skillet. Stir well and cook for about 2 minutes.

8. Stir in the tomatoes and season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer for another 5 minutes, or until the tomatoes are tender.

9. Add the eggplant puree, followed by the cilantro and coconut milk. Continue cooking for about 8 minutes, to allow the flavors to blend.

Serve on its own or over spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.

We really hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do, and make sure to visit Paleo Diet Lifestyles of other great recipes.

Picture courtesy: Jim

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