Rice with eggplants (Middle-Eastern style)

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Rice with Eggplants – a culinary journey that harmoniously blends savory and aromatic elements. Succulent eggplant strips, marinated in a plant-based yogurt and curry powder mixture, are pan-fried to perfection. Nestled atop fragrant basmati rice infused with saffron, anise, and plump raisins, this dish is a celebration of textures and tastes. Garnished with caramelized onions and roasted cashews, the final touch of lemon zest elevates the experience, creating a Middle-Eastern masterpiece that tantalizes the senses. Immerse yourself in this delectable fusion, where each bite is a symphony of authentic flavors.

Video recipe:

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Servings: 3

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Ingredients:

🌱2 small eggplants

🌱150 g plant-based yogurt

🌱1/2 tsp curry powder

🌱1/2 tsp salt

🌱2-3 tbsp olive oil (used for frying the eggplants)

🌱1 large onion caramelized in 2 tbsp oil

🌱A handful of roasted cashews

🌱2 star anise

🌱2 cloves of garlic

🌱1 cup basmati rice

🌱1 + 2/3 cups water

🌱1/4 tsp saffron

🌱Salt to taste

🌱A handful of raisins

How to prepare:

  1. In a bowl, combine plant-based yogurt, curry powder, and salt.
  2. Cut the eggplants into long, thick strips (refer to the video for the technique).
  3. Marinate the eggplants in the mixture for at least 15 minutes, then fry them in a pan with olive oil on all sides. Set them aside and proceed to prepare the rice.
  4. In another pan, heat olive oil, add anise, and chopped garlic. Sauté together for 20-30 seconds.
  5. Add basmati rice to the pan, mix, and cook for an additional 20-30 seconds.
  6. Incorporate saffron, water, salt to taste, and a handful of raisins. Cover the pan with a lid and let the rice boil until all the water is absorbed.
  7. While the rice is cooking, roast a handful of cashews and caramelize an onion. Set them aside for serving.
  8. Once the rice is ready, place the roasted cashews, caramelized onion, and eggplant slices over it.
  9. Turn off the heat, cover the pot with a lid, and let the dish simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  10. For the finishing touch, sprinkle some lemon zest over the dish. Your flavorful meal is now ready to be enjoyed.

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