Monday, August 22, 2011

Thai Basil and Eggplant

Thai Basil and Eggplant
• 1 medium eggplant
• nonstick cooking spray or olive oil spray
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers
• 2 large tomatoes, seeded, peeled, chopped
• 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• dash pepper
For a vegetarian dish, substitute soy sauce or salt for fish sauce.
Slice the eggplants into irregular shapes for easy turning in the pan. When it is sliced into a small disk, it tends to stick to the bottom of the pan and makes it difficult to flip or turn.
Chop garlic and slice chili peppers. Pick the leaves from the stem of the Thai basil.
Heat a pan or wok over high or medium high. Add oil, chili peppers and garlic. Stir until the garlic turn golden brown. Add eggplant and stir. Add a cup of water and cover the pan or wok with a lid. Keep the lid close until the eggplant is cooked. It should take about 5-7 minutes before the eggplant is done. The eggplant turns from white to translucent when it is done. Almost all of the water should have been evaporated at this point. If the eggplant is still not cooked, add a little bit more water and keep lid closed until the eggplant is ready. Add fish sauce and sugar and stir. Add Thai basil and quickly stir to heat the basil, so that it retains it color. Turn off heat immediately.
Serve hot with rice.

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