Coconut Eggplant Biryani

22 Apr

I went to visit some friends in New Jersey and they forced me to cook with them. “While you stay with us you earn your keep!” and then they made me chop mint. But seriously it was a lot of fun. I love friends, and I love friends who cook, and I love friends who want to cook food with me! I got to chop things and mince things and when the spicy fumes got to be too much for Jennifer I got to take over stirring.

Russell and Jennifer cook Indian food a lot. It’s inspired me to give it a try again. They had this big huge cookbook full of Indian recipes (I think it was called 1000 Indian Recipes) and this is one they’ve made in the past. It was really great and had a nice heat to it. Jennifer also made some raitha to go on top.

Also check out their badass skelly blanket. We sat and ate and watched Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We had a good time laughing and Leatherfacing!

-Bret

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6 Responses to “Coconut Eggplant Biryani”

  1. sidi2u April 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm #

    I love indian food, also. Once every three weeks, let’s say.

    Interesting combination. Get into details… 🙂

  2. gillan April 22, 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    Haha, unfortunately I don’t have the recipe since Jennifer and Russell made it for me. I wouldn’t ask her to transcribe it since it was way complex but maybe she could scan it for me.

  3. sidi2u April 22, 2008 at 9:35 pm #

    No rush, whenever you’re ready. 🙂

  4. Jennifer Rodgers April 23, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

    Layered Rice with Eggplant and Coconut (Baingan Biryani)

    2 cups Coconut Milk
    1.25 cups Basmati Rice. (sorted and washed in 3-4 changes of water)
    1.75 cups Water
    .5 cup Grated Coconut
    1-3 Dried Red Chile Peppers
    1 Large Clove of Garlic
    5 Quarter-size slices of fresh peeled Ginger
    1-3 fresh Green Chile Peppers
    1 Onion
    1 ts ground Coriander
    1 ts Garam Masala (+ .25 ts for garnish)
    .5 ts ground Turmeric
    3 TB Peanut Oil
    1 lb of Eggplant (cut into bite size pieces)
    1.25 ts salt or whatever
    1 large Tomato
    2 TB fresh chopped Mint Leaves
    .5 cup Fresh Cilantro
    2-3 TB Lemon Juice

    1. Soak rice in the water for 30 minutes.

    2. Place grated coconut and red chiles in skillet and dry-roast until golden and fragrant. 1-2 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to blender and process along with garlic, ginger, green chile peppers and onion until finely ground. Mix in the coriander, garam masala and turmeric and process again. Transfer to large nonstick saucepan. Add 2 TB oil and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat. About 5 minutes.

    3. Add the eggplant, half the salt and .5 cup Coconut Milk. Cook over high heat about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, cover the pan and cook until eggplant is soft. 15-20 minutes. Remove to a bowl.

    4. To the same pan, add 1 TB oil, tomato, mint and cilantro and cook over medium heat until most of the tomato juice evaporates. About 2 minutes. Add the rice and the water it’s soaking in along with remaining salt and coconut milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cook until the rice is almost fully cooked, about 10 minutes.

    5. To assemble the biryani: Remove about half the rice to a bowl. Spread the cooked eggplant mixture over the rice that remains in the saucepan. Cover the eggplant mixture with the reserved rice. Drizzle the lemon juice over the rice, cover the pan, and cook over the lowest heat setting, 10-15 minutes, to blend the flavors. Sprinkle garam masala on top and serve.

  5. energyanalysis April 23, 2008 at 10:37 pm #

    oh rock the heck on.

  6. gillan April 24, 2008 at 6:30 am #

    Holy crap thanks Jennifer.

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