Eggplants in Tomato Sauce-a quick side dish for your meals


They say that when you don't have anything to start a conversation with,talk about the weather.The weather is playing havoc these days. Just yesterday our car read the temperature as 24 degree Celsius outside. It wasn't much cold in Dubai this time. Kids weren't wearing any extra clothing other than their usual summertime shorts and pants. Even the AC was running throughout the night for a few days unlike last year where it remained forgotten for a good few months. But I remember back in Qatar,I had to buy heaters to keep us warm. I was feeling a bit sad,that the winter is coming to an end so soon,even before it started.And that soon,the harsh summer will be upon us.
But it had read 15 degree Celsius in the morning today and S wanted me to bring the kid's jackets to the car to take them to school. Sure enough,it was chilly and windy. I loved it. I hope the winter will last long. And the summer will be far and short.

It's the season to shop for fresh veggies as they are cheap and in abundance.Whenever I go grocery shopping around the corner or to a big bustling mall there's one thing that grabs my attention every time, in the produce section.  Those lovely purple hued baby eggplants.  I admire them,stuff some into the transparent bags ,get it weighed and billed only to come home and see that I've already got one tucked safely in my refrigerator.Impulsive buying or what ?

There are couple of traditional recipes for eggplant which I'm deeply in love with but those call for deep frying them first. A process that I'm trying to steer away from. And so far I've been successful thanks to S and the kids who are not into fried foods except for the occasional treats outside.
Apart from using the eggplants in Sambar(lentil curry with vegetables) this is my go to dish when I need a quick veggie/eggplant fix for my main meals.Rice or roti.

In case you're wondering what's that brownish specks on my rice,that's Oat's For Rice.An oat mix you cook along with rice.It's a great addition of fiber and calcium to the otherwise mainly starchy rice.It was introduced in UAE recently. Now, I never cook my rice without them.

Here's the recipe.

Eggplants in Tomato Sauce

8 baby eggplants
1 onion thinly sliced
1 green chili chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic crushed
half a tomato chopped
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1/4 tsp chili powder(I use the Kashmiri chili powder)
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp whole cumin
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
few curry leaves
chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Have bowl of water ready with a pinch of salt and turmeric dissolved, enough to cover the eggplants.Now,wash and cut the eggplants in half.Cut the halves again into three pieces.Immerse the pieces in turmeric water to avoid browning.

Heat some oil in a pan.Add the whole cumin and when it changes color,add the onions and curry leaves.Let the onions turn slightly brown.Add the ginger garlic and cook until the raw smell disappears.Add the tomatoes,chopped green chili,chili powder and cumin powders.Let it cook for a few minutes.
Add the eggplants.Stir till the pieces are coated with the masala.Add salt.Sprinkle about 2 tbsp of water and let it cook covered in medium heat.

Once the eggplants are almost cooked,add the tomato sauce.Cook for another 2 minutes.Adjust seasoning.Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Great as a side dish with rice.Serve it with roti along slices of onion,tomatoes and lemon wedges.


  1. I too make eggplants in a similar way...and always like them with garlic. The pictures are the first one.

    I saw the oats for rice in supermarket but was hesitant to take it..but next time I will grab the packet.

  2. Mouthwatering snaps and dish :)

  3. I love the first photo. The color of eggplant and the shades of blue on the background are perfect. You know what, Indonesian food has something like this too.

  4. Beautiful shots. I never really cook eggplant except for doing bajis or deep-frying them with a spicy masala as a side for rice. But, I absolutely adore baba ganujh, mutabelle--my fav way to cook & eat them :) I'm intrigued about this oats for rice, gotta check it out in the stores here.

  5. I can say by the looks of it that it would have tasted surely awesome. Lovely eggplant curry for rotis. Here the temperature reads -3 degrees and I wish for Summer to come soon ;p

  6. Thanks Raji,you should try the oats.It's fantastic.

    Thanks Nashi girl.Qatar might have it by now.

    Thank you Irene and Tika.You guys are so kind.

    Thanks schmetterlingwords.I know how it is when it reads minus and you long for summer.But the weather is very different here and during the summer the temperature could go high up to 49 degrees.

  7. I actually do not like eggplants, but this dish looks very tempting!

  8. It is been months since I saw these kind of baby brinjals here. I miss them really.I'm really impressed with oats for rice. If possible give some details about how the texture and taste.

  9. beautiful clicks, such a simple & wholesome dish. looks awesome :)

  10. The photos are stunning and the dish sounds yummy!

  11. Thanks Indu,Deeps and Desert kitty for your kind words.

    Uma,I might just dedicate a post for Oats For Rice,seeing the enthusiasm !

  12. Lovely shots! Its been so long since i cooked eggplants (as a dish). Would love to try this recipe. Oats for rice sounds good.


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