Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chinese Eggplant and Basil by Keli Cancala

I'm not totally into Chinese food but there are certain dishes I really like... Been to a real nice pure veg Chinese restaurant once and they made an eggplant & basil dish. It was amazing. Inspired by that, I developed my own version and we love it! So today we had that, plus rice cooked with sesame oil and sesame seeds.

Chinese Eggplant and Basil recipe:
1 green or red pepper cut in slices
2 big eggplant or many small ones, cut into big chunks
1 large handful of fresh basil
Soft kind of Tofu, roasted
about 1/3 cup (or a bit more) of soya sauce
spices: cayenne pepper, a good amount of these ground spices: chili, cinnamon, clove, ginger, few pieces of star anise
sesame oil

In the oil, saute the pepper for a bit, then add eggplant, soya sauce, all the spices and a bit of extra water. Mix, cover and cook on medium heat until eggplants are soft.

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