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Pan-Fried Eggplant

 Warren Buffet once said “the chains of habit are too light to be felt till they are too heavy to be broken“, and boy was he right!

I didn’t even realize I was forming a habit in those early days. It started off with 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there and before I knew it, I was going at it for hours! And now it’s really hard to stop. Y’all, I am taking about TV-watching.

Almond Coated Pan Fried Eggplant

Before my daughter came along, I wasn’t into TV that much. I had an old TV, and it stayed on as background noise while I was pottering around. Then my daughter came along and when she was old enough, we started watching 15 minutes or so of Barney from time to time. As time went by, she would ask me to join her on the couch when she moved onto The Wiggles, and Lizzie McGuire, and One Tree Hill. Then, last fall, she talked me into watching all 5 glorious seasons of Friday Night Lights in little less than 2 months!

Fried Eggplant

This summer, she has me hooked on Grey’s Anatomy! I don’t see any real surgeries happening, but a whole bunch of people poking around at fake organs; I don’t get why McSteamy is even remotely steamy; I don’t understand how things can run so smoothly if all residents were dating there attending surgeons; but yet, I show up, next to her, on that couch! My daughter has a way of grabbing my heart and making me feed habits that need to be changed. So, I go along. I make almond-coated, pan-fried, eggplant to feed us and join her on the couch because this is her “Summer Adventure”.

Yogurt Smothered Eggplant

This eggplant came together in a cinch. A quick coating of spices and yogurt and a smattering of Blue Diamond Salt & Vinegar Almonds and this appetizer was a few minutes from being consumed. While pan frying it made the eggplant loose some of it’s almond coating; you could chose to bake it so the almond coating stays intact.

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Pan Fried Eggplant

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Pan Fried Eggplant

Pan-Fried Eggplant

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 5.3 oz container of Greek Yogurt
  • 3/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 can Blue Diamond Salt and Vinegar Almonds
  • Oil of choice

Instructions

  1. Slice eggplant into about 1/4 inch slices
  2. Mix yogurt, curry powder, cayenne, alt and lime and set aside
  3. Place enough oil to cover the bottom of a pan and set it on the stove on a medium flame
  4. As it heats up, crush almonds (this can be done in a food processor for a more uniform coating, or you can place the almonds in a plastic bag and use a hammer or rolling pin and have at it)
  5. Spread spiced yogurt dip on each side of the slices of eggplant
  6. Coat with the almond mixture
  7. And, when oil is hot, fry eggplant slices for about 2-3 minutes on each side
  8. Drain on paper towels, sprinkle with parsley and crushed pepper flakes and enjoy

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Sonali- The Foodie Physician

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

OMG Shashi, we also watched all 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights in about 2 months, probably less! What an amazing show. We love, love, love eggplant in our house, and this preparation looks absolutely DELISH!

Shashi

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

Haha - Sonali, I sure am glad we weren't the only ones! Yes - it was one heck of a show - that coach - what a gem! BTW - thanks so much!

Ash-foodfashionparty

Monday 3rd of August 2015

Ah what?? I need to pick to pick fight with you..Mc dreamy, not dreamy..Oh God, I love love him. You need to go back watch all episodes and please re consider....(lol) Girl, I am hooked on to Grey's Anatomy and feel so sad in summers. Just like your little girl, my teen has hooked me on to Pretty Little Liars, crazyyy.. Anyways, love this recipe and I made something like this today for snacking, just love it. hugs to you and your sweet little girl. It would be so nice if we could all meet up. xx

Shashi

Tuesday 4th of August 2015

Haha! I do love McDreamy, I mean how can you not love those eyes! It's McSteamy that urks me - not sure why - clearly, I have issues! :) You are so right - I would LOVE to meet you, Asha! Funny thing is my daughter and I came to San Fran in 2010 - before I started my blog - not sure when we will come back, but I do go to NYC around July 23rd most years - so if you ever happen to be there then...

Savita

Monday 3rd of August 2015

Shashi, even look of these eggplants making me hungry! Also, almond crust sounds so delicious! Great recipe! Pinning, of course!

Shashi

Tuesday 4th of August 2015

Thanks so much Savita!

Girl and the Kitchen

Monday 3rd of August 2015

I too adore the tv...I'm totally addicted in the craziest way. My kitchen overlooks the living room so our tv is always on. I feel ya sister! But these eggplants just look fantastic!!! It's a totally creative way to use eggplant! Love it!

Shashi

Tuesday 4th of August 2015

Oh my - now I wouldn't get any cooking done if my TV overlooked my living room! :) By the way - thanks so much Mila

Gather for Bread

Monday 3rd of August 2015

That looks so good! It's been too long since I've had eggplant.

Have a beautiful day!

Shashi

Tuesday 4th of August 2015

Thanks Melanie - hope you are having a wonderful week too, dear.