Ever feel like eating a light snack while watching a movie? Then here’s a healthy alternative that you can whip up and enjoy instead of reaching for a bag of chips . What I’m talking about today is Fried Eggplant.
A Tasty Light Snack
Fried eggplant ( Baigan, Melongene, Aubergine) is light, tasty and nutritious at the same time. And based on my rumaging on the web, I found that it is great also if you want to lose weight, since it is low in Saturated Fat, Sodium, and Cholesterol. Among the many benefits, I may also add that it is high in Dietary Fiber, Folate, Potassium, Manganese, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper. Now that’s a lot of reasons to be eating eggplant!
Since we are frying the eggplant, I thought it necessary to know a few facts about frying, so that you could make the perfect fried eggplant that your whole family will love. The best article I found, that also helped me when I was doing this recipe, could be found here. It’s a good read, so much so, that I will have to keep it close by for reference; especially to know the smoke point of various oils when I’m cooking. By the way, do you know that coconut oil has a smoke point of 350 degrees F?
So now that you’re convinced of how healthy this snack is, and you’re armed with the secrets to frying; let’s start this eggplant recipe. Here’s Fried Eggplant (Baigan).
Fried Eggplant Recipe
1 eggplant (baigan)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup flour or breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp basil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
2 sprig chive, chopped finely
2 leaves big leaf thyme, chopped finely
5 leaves chadon beni, chopped finely
oil for frying ( I used coconut oil)
Sprinkle a little salt over the fried eggplant and / or serve with your favourite dip.
P.S. If you’re interested, I did another eggplant recipe called baiganee that involves frying also.