Kashmir- the jewel crown of India, not only is it famous for its beautiful landscape and people but its cuisine is also delectable. Kashmir cuisine has two distinct areas, one influenced by the Pandit community and the other by the Muslim community. You can see influence of Persian cuisine is dishes like ‘Khubani ka halwa, Pomegranate chutney. The recipes use  ingredients like the flower extract, dried spices, dried fruit and milk products. The Pandit cuisine recipes show minimal use of onion and garlic. This eggplant recipe reflects  so. I got this recipe from a man whom I met on one of the trips to India. He was very happy that I was interested in learning about Kashmiri cuisine and happily shared a couple of recipes with me.  

Kashmiri Baingan

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Ingredients:

2-3 long eggplants salt a pinch of sugar oil

Spices:

20140828_182912 2 tbsp tamarind pulp ( mixed with some water) 1/4 tsp hing mixed with 1 tbsp of water 1/2 tsp dry ginger powder 1/2 tsp fennel powder 1/4 tsp garam masala 1/4 tsp turmeric 1 1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder 1 pinch of kasuri methi Chopped cilantro for garnish  

Method:

Slice the eggplant in thick slices and apply salt and both sides. Let rest for 20 min and then dab it dry with a kitchen towel. Saute the eggplant in a pan with little oil. The traditional version calls for frying the eggplants but I decide to shallow fry them. Take the eggplants out on a plate.   In the same pan heat some oil. Add the red chili powder and turmeric powder.     Saute and then add  the tamarind pulp mixed with  water to the pan. 20140828_183325   When it comes to a boil, add the rest of the dry spices like dry ginger, fennel powder, sugar & salt. 20140828_183820   Cook for a min and then add the cooked eggplant slices. Mix well and cover to cook for 1-2 mins. 20140828_184128   Add the kasoori methi and mix well. 20140828_184306   Garnish with cilantro to serve. 20140828_184516   Note: I forgot to add garam masala today. A pinch of garam masala taste good in this dish