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Eggplant Potato Curry w/ Basmati and Peas

1 large eggplant, about 2 pounds
salt to taste
1 teaspoon black onion seed + 2 T for garnish
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
1 tablespoon ginger root, minced
2 whole new potatoes, unpeeled and diced
2 whole carrot, sliced thin 1/2 moon
1 large yellow onion, medium dice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
3 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon garam masala
15 ounces coconut milk
15 ounces stewed red ripe tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 limes, juice from
2 tablespoons hot mango pickle or 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup basil, fresh chiffonade
2 whole jalapeno, minced
2 cups cauliflower florets, blanched
6 cups water
3 cups basmati rice, uncooked
1 cup peas, uncooked
1/3 cup flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
Lime Wedge, for garnish
Ripe papaya slices, for garnish

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 r
emaining basil, and black onion seed, and garnish with the lime
and fresh papaya slices.

NOTES : Black onion seed is available in health food or specialty
stores. You may substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard for the
black onion seed, but don't use dried mustard as garnish. You may
substitute 2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder and 1/4 teaspoon each ground
cardamom and ground cinnamon for garam masala. Hot mango pickle is
a jarred condiment available at specialty stores and health food


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