Eggplant Potato Curry With Basmati Rice And Peas

Course : Indian
Serves: 6
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1 large eggplant -- (about 2 pounds)
1 teaspoon salt to taste
1 teaspoon black onion seeds
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 medium unpeeled yellow finn -- white, or new potatoes, cut into medium dice
2 medium carrots -- sliced into thin half-moons
1 large onion -- cut into medium dice
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
3 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon garam masala
15 ounces coconut milk
15 ounces stewed tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 medium limes -- juice of
2 tablespoons hot mango pickle
2/3 cup fresh basil chiffonade
2 medium jalapenos -- minced
2 cups cauliflower blanched florets
6 cups water
3 cups uncooked basmati rice
1 cup fresh uncooked peas
1/3 cup coarsely chopped parsley
6 slices lime wedges -- for garnish
1 medium ripe papaya slices
2 tablespoons black onion seeds

Preparation / Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F. Cut the eggplant into large cubes and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Set in a colander for 20 minutes. Toast the onion seeds in the oven until fragrant. In a heavy saucepan,heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the toasted onion seed, mustard seed, cumin seed, and ginger. Cook on low heat until fragrant. Add the potatoes and carrots and brown lightly, stirring frequently. Add the onion, garlic, cayenne, salt, curry powder, and garam masala. Stir and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Add the coconut milk, stewed tomatoes, and brown sugar. Stir, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the eggplant to the hot oil and brown. Add the lime juice. Remove from heat, and add the eggplant to the curry mixture along with the hot mango pickle, 1/3 cup of the basil leaves, the jalapenos, and the cauliflower. Continue cooking for 15 minutes. In the meantime, to cook the basmati rice, bring the water to boil in a medium pot, and add the rice. Bring to a boil again, lower heat and cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the peas to the rice and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Check the curry mixture and, when the potatoes are tender, turn off the heat. When the rice is ready, place a portion on each plate and create a well in the center.Spoon some curry mixture into the center of the rice, sprinkle with chopped parsley, the remaining basil, and black onion seed, and garnish with the lime and fresh papaya slices.

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