Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thai Eggplant Curry

If you workout regularly then you know that sometimes it can get a little more intense than planned, resulting in aching muscles. At least that's how it turns out for me sometimes, I decide to workout a little more than usual and my muscles protest the next day. I usually ignore it and make sure not to push too much the next few times I workout. I have never thought of using or including particular foods in my diet as a way to soothe sore muscles, frankly I was quite surprised to learn that there are some foods that can actually help in soothing sore muscles.

Curious about which foods help? According to an article I came across recently, the foods that are supposed to help are blueberry, tart cherries, pomegranates and ginger. Blueberries, cherries and pomegranates contain a lot of antioxidants that may help in warding off muscle fatigue. In case of ginger, it contains a lot of inflammation fighting compounds such as gingerols that may soothe sore muscles. Cool, huh? I am going to keep this in mind for the next time I have sore muscles from too much workout :-)

Moving on to the Thai eggplant curry.....it was just something I came up with for a quick dinner one day. I used a combination of some Indian eggplants and bell pepper along with red curry paste and served it up on a bed of plain steamed rice. The picture was taken in a hurry and doesn't do this curry any justice, but trust me the curry was way more delicious than it looks in the picture :-) I also loved how quick it was to put this curry together, the entire dinner got ready in something like just thirty or so minutes . So if you are looking for a quick curry and you like eggplant, maybe this curry is something you would enjoy :-)

Thai Eggplant curry

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Ingredients and Method to make Thai Eggplant Curry
1 large red onion cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 large green bell pepper (capsicum/ koda molagai) deseeded and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
12 to 13 medium sized Indian eggplants cut into 1/2 inch cubes

2 tbsp oil (preferably coconut oil)
1 inch piece of ginger minced
4 tsp red curry paste (or to taste)
salt to taste
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp red chili powder (optional) (or to taste)
1/2 cup coconut milk (or to taste)
handful cilantro cut fine (for garnish)
water as needed

Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pan, add onions and on medium heat saute the onions until they are transparent.

Add minced ginger and stir a few times. Then add green bell pepper, eggplant, salt to taste, soy sauce, chili powder (if using) , red curry paste and water as required to cook the vegetables until soft.
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When the vegetables are cooked, add coconut milk. Simmer for another couple of minutes until the flavors mingle.

Finally garnish with cilantro and serve hot with plain steamed rice.
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