Aug 5, 2013

Vegetarian Fish Curry /Eggplant Curry - Bengali Style

Do you ever thought about Fish Curry but without main ingredient i.e. Fish. Now you can experience or cook the Bengali Fish Curry without fish in your kitchen. It’s really great news for every vegetarian foodie like me who always want to try and taste something different in daily menu.

Today I tried fish curry without fish, in this recipe full cooking pattern, spices and marination technique applied as authentic Bengali fish curry recipe. But instead of fish I cook this recipe with eggplant. So my recipe name is “Eggplant Curry" or you can say "Vegetarian Fish Curry” in Bengali Style.

First I chop the eggplant in shape of fish and even I tried to give the same pattern of fish to eggplant slices. Then come to marination step with lemon juice and spices. In case of fish curry, you have to keep fish for at least 30 minutes for marination but eggplant are dedicated so we have to keep this only for 5-10 minutes. Otherwise eggplants become so soft and massy. Now we have to grill this eggplant slices in oil and cook with spices and onion as curry. 
You can serve this eggplant curry with tradition style i.e. rice. I think, I did full justice with this theme “Meatless Dishes” under Blogging Marathon 31.

Preparation Time: 12 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15-18 Minutes
Servings: 2-3 Persons
Category: Veg Curry

For Marination
1 Large Brinjal/ Eggplant
1 Lemon Juice
1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
Salt to taste

For Gravy
1 1/2 Tbsp. Mustard Oil
1 Bay leaf
2-3 Peppercorns
2 Cloves
1/2 Tsp. Mustard Seeds
Pinch of Asafoetida
1/2 Tsp. Kalonji/ Onion Seeds
2 Whole Dried Red Chili
2 Green Chilies Slits
1 Tsp. Ginger Paste
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
1/2 Tsp. Red Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Coriander Powder
Salt to Taste

Wash and Cut the eggplant into long strip form. Keep chopped pieces into water.
Keep drain eggplant pieces, lemon juice, salt, red chili powder and turmeric powder for 5-7 minutes as marination. Don’t keep more than 10 minutes.
Heat oil in non- stick grill pan and grill the eggplant for 10 minutes. Keep grilled eggplant slices in separate plate.
Heat the mustard oil in another pan. When oil comes at smoky point, add bay leaf, mustard seeds, asafoetida, cloves, peppercorns, kalonji and dried red chili.
When they start splutter, add slits green chili, ginger paste and chopped onion and cook till to golden.
Mix the coriander powder, turmeric and red chili powder in 2 tbsp. water and add this paste into gravy.
If you have remaining marination water, add the spices and lemon juice mix in curry. 
When oil leaving corner, add grilled eggplant and salt and mix well. Cook for last 3-4 minutes.
Garnish with fresh coriander and lemon wedges. Serve hot eggplant curry with rice.

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  1. this is simply yummy and am going to try this soon

    1. Thanks dear... Share your feedback too with us.

  2. hahah..that's neat Preeti..:)..interesting twist..

  3. Love this super delicious twist, very tempting vegetarian fish curry.

  4. Hmmm I like my brinjals either as bharta or as bhaja.

  5. That exactly look like Fish.. Nice attempt..!

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  6. I am not a brinjal fan but still wud love to try this recipe.

  7. Delicious vegetarian fish curry ! At first sight I would have thought it to be fish :)
    Nice innovation , kudos!!

  8. Wish I could try..but am allergic to egg don't get these in the house...but must say this is a very good recipe..would taste yum.

  9. that is interesting... should have tasted so yummy and so flavorful!!


  10. super interesting to see them tossed first and then added to the gravy

  11. very innovative use of eggplants to make vegetarian version of fish curry. kudos for shaping them like fish too.

  12. looks delicious and what an interesting idea :-)

  13. Fishless fish curry has come out very nice..

  14. Innovative idea to use eggplants in place of fish!

  15. Love the idea of cutting eggplant into fish shape :-) Curry looks great.

  16. Very flavorful curry and just in time to use up all the eggplants growing in my backyard...One more recipe for me to try :)

  17. VEry innovative recipe Preeti...

  18. Awesome recipes!! I like all Eggplant recipes but my favorite eggplant recipe is Grilled Aubergine Eggplant.


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