Weekend cooking – Delicious Bengali eggplant curry

During the week I tend to keep meals simple but on the weekend, when I have more time, I try to play around with new recipes or prepare meals that take a bit more time. I stumbled upon this while following a great BIR (British Indian Restaurant) food writer known as The Curry Guy. He has a bunch of nice recipes that are easy to follow and cheap to download. I get hungry just following his daily recipe guide feed.

He recently linked to Nisha Katona, who also prepares easy-to-follow recipes that make me hungry. Despite not growing up with eggplant (known as aubergine over this way) it’s probably one of my favorite non-green vegetables. I try to slip it in to a meal whenever I can.

For those who aren’t fans of curry because they can be too spicy, have no fear. This eggplant curry has a bit of chili powder but most of Nisha’s recipes are not spicy, including this one. In addition to a learning a nice new recipe, it’s also fun to hear Nisha and her mom talk about cooking in the Bengali region of India. The interaction between mom and daughter also makes it fun to watch.

What’s also fun to follow in recent weeks has been the response online to the food problem in Europe. After discovering horse meat being used instead of ground beef in prepared foods as well as even supermarket ground beef, foodies have been talking a lot more about knowing the origin of their food and of course, eating more vegetarian.

That story hasn’t played out yet fully, but it’s bound to have another negative impact on eating meat, just as we saw after the mad cow problem a few years back. People are both furious about the lack of controls as well as nervous about what they’re eating, rightly so.

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