Eggplant(Or brinjal) is one of my favorite vegetables. However it tastes like crap to me when not cooked in the right way.
To me, it is the most tasty to deep fry it first, and then fry it again in tomatoes, eggs and some meat. As tasty as it is, that method is extremely fattening! (Eggplants soaks up oil like crazy!)
I like to eat it stuffed - meat - no oil required.
What do you need:
- 3 medium sized eggplants
- 300g minced meat of choice (I used minced chicken)
- 2 tablespoon goji berry/wolf berry
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon black pepper
* if you like a more crunchy taste, add water chestnut or green bamboo shoots.
* If you want it more spicy, add a teaspoon or two of chopped chili.
* Vegetarian and vegan options at the end of the post!
everything you need here! Ignore the purple bowl.
mix salt, pepper, wolf berries and the minced chicken.
Now scoop out the flesh of eggplant using a spoon. The flesh of eggplant is spongy and soft. So its really easy to get the flesh out.
It should look something like this when you're done.
You should get around half a bowl of the flesh after getting all the flesh of the 3 eggplants out! Now don't throw this away. You could chop it up and use it to thicken up your soups or cook it and use it as sauce over any dishes. For me, I cooked it in soup the second day! :)
Ok now stuff the meat into the eggplant. Pack tightly.
If you're using a nonstick pan, don't add any oil. Just put the stuffed eggplants onto the pan faced down.
Wait for around 5 - 7 minutes and flip it over. The meat should be golden in color, and it smells delicious! Yums. Cook this in dry, no oil pan for around 3 minutes.
Add a third of a cup of water and cook till the water dries. This is because its relatively hard to cook eggplants since the flesh is foamy. That is why we add water to speed up the process. You could add vegetable oil if you want as well, but that's a little fattening. Yeh....
When it's fully cooked, you should be able to poke a hole into the eggplant with chopstick easily.
Yumms. Juicy wolf berries. :D I regretted just adding 2 spoons actually. If you love the sweet juicy wolf berries like I do, feel free to double up the wolf berry amount used!!! :D
Wrap the rest and you should be able to keep this for around 3 - 5 days in the fridge. :D
Trust me, this dish is really good. you have virtually no fats(no oil used, plus chicken is low in fats), high protein(chicken), magnesium(Eggplant), antioxidants & vitamins(goji berries). This should be suitable for whichever diet you're on. Apart from vegan/vegetarian of course. :P But just in case you're on vegetarian, stuff with tomatoes, avocado and egg. For vegans, stuff it with tomatoes, mushrooms and avocado. :D