Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Poached Eggplant Salad

When DK of CulinaryBazaar announced A.W.E.D-Vietnamese,I was at a loss.I had never ever tried Vietnamese.Eventhough she provided the required links,somehow things did not come together.Whole last week,I was searching and searching for an easy Vietnamese dish but no luck.Two days before, when I was searching for something else,up popped Vietnamese recipes.I was so excited and made one right away from here.It is an eggplant salad and is easy to make and tastes nicely.So here's it.

Chinese/Japanese/purple Eggplant: 1 big

Sesame Oil: 1 tbsp
Garlic salt: 1/2 tsp or {garlic+salt}
Soy Sauce:1 tsp
Sugar:1/2 tsp
Pepper:1 tsp
White/Rice Vinegar:2 tsp. [I used white]
Salt:as needed

Coriander Leaves/Cilantro: few sprigs


Cut the stems of the eggplant.In a pan boil water,and add the eggplants into it.Reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes.This process,called poaching,cooks the eggplants and slowly they change the colour and begin to wilt.Remove the eggplant from the pan and drain it.Once cooled ,cut the eggplant into cubes or bite-sized pieces.

In a bowl,mix together all the dressing ingredients except sesame oil.Add in sesame oil using a fork or whisk,so that all the items are well blended.You can use minced garlic and add salt as per taste.I had garlic salt and so used it.

Pour this seasoning over the eggplant and toss to blend.Garnish with cilantro/coriander.Serve with rice/breads as a side salad.

If you are a Chinese food fan,you will enjoy this sweet sour salad as well.I enjoyed it and this salad will be a regular in my table.

A Closer Look..

So this salad goes to DK's A.W.E.D-Vietnamese

And also to EasyCraft's WYF:Salad/Starter/Soup event

Srilekha of Me&My Kitchen has gifted me a Friendship Award.THANKS SRI,True Friendship strenghtens you in times of despair and also brings you down to earth when you begin to fly too high.The award is much appreciated.

I would like to gift this Friendship award to KitchenFlavours, EasyCrafts, Brindavan Recipes and Vegetable Platter. Hope you too enjoy the hot sweet cuppa of friendship!

Update on September 12,2008:This salad also goes to Fresh Produce of the Month:Eggplant hosted by Simona .


anudivya said...

Nice entry to the event, and looks like it is worth a try :)

Deepthi Shankar said...

lovely salad ... looks amazing ... shall try it .. N thanks for passing the award to me N thinking of me ...

Paru ... said...

Salad looks lovely..
Thanks for the award dear..

Sunshinemom said...

Wow! I am in awe. Haven't tried any Vietnamese dish till date:)

lubnakarim06 said...

Nice entry to the events. Looks gr8 and something new to me. Thank u for sharing the award with me. Thanks a lot.

EC said...

Nice variation to the usual salads..thanks for the award and thanks for participating

EC said...

I cherish ur friendship and so decided to pass the award back to you again...

Unknown said...

Eggplant salad! Now that really got to me....I love salads and this is a must try for me. Thanks for sending them my way. Will def try it :)


Simona Carini said...

This is very interesting: I had never read a recipe that calls for poaches eggplants. Thank you for participating!

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