You need a decent amount of oil to fry the eggplant. If you’re trying to cut down on oil, dice the eggplant toss with a little oil and roast until very well cooked. Add to the spring onions and garlic in step 3.
Eggplant and tamarind stir fry, kecap manis, carrot sesame slaw, jasmine rice and cashews
Cook time: 35 minutes
couple or family
Wash the rice until the water runs clear. If you’re on the couple plan add one and a half cups of water. If you’re on the family plan add two and a quarter cups of water. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a simmer, stir and cover. Set the heat to the lowest possible setting and cook covered for 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the pot on the element for at least 5 minutes.
If you’re going to roast the eggplant, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
Thinly slice the spring onions, separating the white from the green. The white is for the stirfry, and the green is for the slaw.
Mince the garlic.
Peel and grate the carrot.
Wash and thinly slice the radish.
Place the carrot and radish in a bowl with the green part of the spring onions.
Dice the eggplant into rough 1 to 2 cm cubes.
Get a large frypan or two hot and add a good splash of oil. You want about 1 cm in the bottom of the pan. Make sure the oil is hot as the eggplant will absorb less of it.
Fry the spring onion whites and the garlic for 10 seconds, then add the eggplant, a pinch of salt, and fry for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring regularly. Add more oil, as needed. The eggplant needs to be fully cooked and very soft.
Add three-quarters of the tamarind soy sauce and the cashews to the pan and cook for 30 seconds. Taste and add more sauce, as needed.
Dress the carrot radish slaw with the sesame dressing and a pinch of salt.
Serve the rice topped with eggplant and slaw on the side.