1 big eggplant / 7-8 baby eggplants
2 tbsp poppy seeds
2 tsp turmeric powder
½ inch stick of ginger
4 whole green chilies – silted
A handful of fresh coriander leaves – chopped
2 and ½ tbsp mustard oil
Slice and halve the eggplant. If you are using baby eggplants, slice them into 2-3 pieces.
In a grinder grind the poppy seeds with 2 tbsp water, until you get a smooth velvety paste. To make that, first grind the poppy seeds without water until it forms a dry coarse powder. Then add water and grind till smooth. Check before pouring the paste into a bowl and if required grind again.
In a bowl put all the eggplant slices and sprinkle some salt and 1 tsp turmeric powder. Rub them over the eggplant pieces till all the pieces are nicely coated with them.
Heat 1tbsp oil in a kadai and fry the eggplants in small batches till they are nicely brown from both the sides. Once done, take them out of the kadai and put in a separate bowl.
If any oil remains in the kadai after frying the eggplants use them for further cooking or else add some more oil to the kadai.
Heat the oil on medium flame and pour in the prepared poppy seeds paste into it. Stir continuously for 2-3 minutes, or until the raw flavor of the poppy seeds is gone.
Now add in ½-1 cup of water, rest of the turmeric powder and salt. Mix in and put cover.
Let them cook for another 2-3 minutes and then put off the lid.
The poppy seeds paste must be bubbling by now and the oil should be floating on top of it. If you want it to be drier, simmer for another minute. If you want a thinner gravy add in more ¼ cup of water.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Then take the fried eggplant and put them into the kadai.
Stir carefully so that all the eggplant pieces are nicely coated with the poppy seeds. Put off the flame and sprinkle the chopped fresh coriander leaves and silted green chilies on top of them.
Drizzle rest of the mustard oil over the eggplants and serve hot with some rice and daal / lentils of your choice.