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Guest Post-Curried Eggplant Steaks With Chickpeas From Simply Vegetarian777

A picture is worth a thousand words…. it really is and all you have to do is look at the pictures for these incredible recipes and words become insignificant. My very dear friend and fellow blogger Sonal from Simply Vegetarian777 graciously agreed to do a guest post and I was thrilled that she said yes. I admire her so much, her skill in cooking, writing and photographing and her kindness. I have mentioned before how she has sent me spices. I follow her on FacebookPinterest  Twitter @simplyveg777 and on Instagram ( simplyvegetarian777). I am constantly amazed at her talent. I also have to note that she does a series of posts with Diabetes friendly meals every Thursday, I have sent some to my Mom and it inspired her to change her diet. Sonal you are amazing thank you so much and take it away my dear….

Curried Eggplant Steaks with Chickpeas

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It’s a great honor for me to do a guest post for Suzanne. She is such a great support system to me and to many others who are connected to her via blog. Her approach and enthusiasm towards food is unmatchable.

I think I first met her through fiesta Friday, over an year ago, and since then I have been spoiled by her through her ever encouraging comments and constant presence. Thank you Suzanne for being there. I really appreciate it :).

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I was very confused as to what to bring for a guest post for her blog. I wanted to create a dish which was Indian origin but at the same time, something which has an international appeal and an easy to implement recipe.

Curried Eggplant Steaks with Chickpeas

Curried Eggplants

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Kitchen Equipments Required

A non stick or hard anodized pan, chopping board, knife, flat spatula, small bowl

Ingredients

Eggplant – 1 large
Oil – 1 tbsp
Turmeric – 2 fat pinches
Red chili powder – 2 fat pinches
Cumin powder – 2 fat pinches
Dry mint – 2 fat pinches (optional)
Salt – 2 fat pinches

Method

1. Mix turmeric, red chili powder and salt together in a small bowl.
2. Wash and cut the eggplant in 4-5 thick and long slices.
3. Sprinkle and rub the spice mixture on both sides of the eggplant slices.
4. Heat oil in the pan. Place the slices in the hot oil. Reduce the flame to medium. Cook from both the sides for approximately 2&1/2 to 3 minutes each till tender and slightly crispy.
5. The Curried Eggplant Steaks are ready.

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Serve these with the Quick and Easy Chickpeas Curry.

Chickpeas Curry

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Kitchen Equipments Required
A sauce pan with lid, stirring spoon, chopping board, knife, blender.

Ingredients

Chickpeas, boiled – 1&1/2 cups. I used 1 can.
Onion – 2 tbsp, chopped
Tomato – 2 medium
Ginger – 1 small piece
Garlic – 1 big pod
Oil – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder – 1/8 tsp
Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Cilantro leaves for garnish
Water – 1 cup

Method

1. Add tomato, onion, ginger and garlic to the blender. Purée it fine.
2. Heat oil in the pan. Add the purée and all the spices to the pan. Reduce the flame to the medium low.
3. Cover with lid and let the purée cook till all the water is evaporated and it thickens.
4. Add the boiled chickpeas to the sauce along with 1 cup of water. Mix them well. Cover with lid again and cook till it thickens again.
5. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Serving Suggestion

1. Curried Eggplant Steaks can be served as is and taste great as snack.
2. The chickpeas curry can be served with rice or naan.
3. The eggplant steaks and chickpeas curry can be served as a complete meal along with some warm basmati rice.

I hope you had a good time reading the recipe. I had a great time creating it for all of you :).

Cheers,
Sonal

100 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lovely !

    January 26, 2016
  2. hocuspocus13 #

    I’m not familiar with Indian Cuisine so this is not only an interesting treat for me but one that includes an ingredient that I’m most familiar with…eggplant

    That’s 1 for the book…thanks 🍛

    January 26, 2016
    • I love Indian food, the spices are amazing and Sonal is a master at blending and balancing spices. With her guidance I was able to make a Korma that blew my mind it was so good. Thank you.

      January 26, 2016
  3. If I were a Vegetarian I believe I would dive into this recipe of Sonal’s! So, all you Vegetarians out there follow this wonderful lady and her blog.Par excellence!

    January 26, 2016
  4. This is a wonderful vegetarian dish and so hearty! I am looking forward to checking out her blog 🙂

    January 26, 2016
    • Her blog is amazing Antonia, thank you so much. She is always there to guide and help you, love her.

      January 26, 2016
  5. What a fabulous post, I love everything Sonal makes! I’ll definitely be saving this one 🙂

    January 26, 2016
  6. What a beautiful table this made. The food looks hearty and comforting. Thanks for having Sonal visit. Well done, Sonal. 🙂

    Suzanne, I hope you are doing okay, particularly with the snow storm. I don’t have cable TV, so I haven’t gotten good reporting. Meaning I’m not sure whether you got more than typical for NY. We’re still digging out in DC. Temperatures are finally above freezing, so hoping for a quicker than expected melt. But there’s still the dangerous re-freeze ice every day…
    Have a wonderful week. Mega hugs!

    January 26, 2016
    • Thanks Teagan it does look amazing right???
      Well I was also thinking about you and my friends in DC, you got slammed also. We got more snow in Brooklyn than they did in Manhattan, 30 inches which is catastrophic. I have 5 foot high mounds of snow from the plows making it impossible to get to the street even at the corners its treacherous. Our temps are in the 40’s but this much snow will take a very long time to melt and as you mentioned the re freeze factor makes it even more dangerous. Stay warm my friend and safe.

      January 26, 2016
      • That sounds just like here. Nearly 3 whole seasons’ worth in 2 days… Right around 30 inches, maybe more in some spots. Take good care of you! 🙂

        January 26, 2016
    • Thank you so much Teagan! Much appreciate your kind words :). Please stay warm and safe..Dallas is been off and on the cold temperatures lately!!

      January 26, 2016
  7. Nice!!

    January 26, 2016
  8. Dear Sonal and Suzanne, This is such a delicious, beautiful post. Sonal, I think you should start selling your spice mixtures! I’d buy them! Every time I read about them via Suzanne, I start salivating and feeling inspired. Thanks you two, Emily

    January 26, 2016
    • Hi Em, I have seen the photo’s of from where you are and just hope you have been able to dig out and get out of the house. I have only ventured out to shovel today I am going to an appointment and I am nervous about negotiating the mounds of snow. Yes, to Sonal starting a business with her spices. She is masterful. Thanks so much!!

      January 26, 2016
    • Thanks so much for the kind words Em!! I am soon planning on it..will keep you posted :).
      Stay warm in the cold weather ❤️❤️

      January 26, 2016
      • Fabulous!!! Please do keep me posted!!

        January 29, 2016
  9. Hi Suzanne, haven’t got time to check the blog for a few weeks. Such too busy, life is getting tougher for me!
    But your post inspires me some light! Such a lovely and delicious meal. I wish you will be next to me and give me a big hug! 🙂

    January 26, 2016
    • I think about you often Mochi wondering how you are, I haven’t seen you post for a while. Thank you so much, it is inspiring isn’t it. Hope things are ok and you are feeling alright.

      January 26, 2016
  10. What a beautiful post and a great vegetarian dish. I have seen Sonal’s blog but now I’m going to check it out further. Suzanne , take good care of yourself when you go outside. Icy snow can be so treacherous. I always used to worry about my mom . Take good care. 😀

    January 26, 2016
    • Thanks Gerlinde, Oh I hate going outside with the snow and ice. It’s just so dangerous. I see people falling trying to climb over the 4 ft high mounds of snow and ice. Ugh, thank you so much and Sonal is really amazing her recipes are so delicious.

      January 26, 2016
      • Be very careful Suzanne when you step outside!!
        Hugs

        January 26, 2016
      • I will I have good snow boots with traction!!thank you!!

        January 26, 2016
    • Thank you Gerlinde :).

      January 26, 2016
  11. My goodness, I need to learn how to take photos like that! Wow! That’s professional caliber stuff. And having no meat, it still looks delicious. Well done Miss Sonal. Well done indeed.

    Thanks Suzanne for sharing your people!

    -PotP

    January 26, 2016
    • Thank you so much for liking it PotP :).

      January 26, 2016
    • Thank you for dropping by, bet we have almost as much snow as you now. I always think about you standing at the pit with snow all around, Have a great week.

      January 26, 2016
      • Nay, I bet you have more snow than us! It’s been kind of meager in my area, only a couple of inches really. But yup, always stoic at the pit.

        Cheers to winter!

        January 26, 2016
      • Yea we got 30 inches Saturday. Snowzilla!!

        January 26, 2016
  12. Yes lovely pictures! I’ve been doing meatless Mondays at home and this will have to be one of our next meals!

    January 26, 2016
  13. Looks so good and delicious… I should try this for my family 🙂

    Please check and follow my blog (www.lazymomcooking.wordpress.com) or my Instagram (lazymom_cooking) for some recipe ideas

    January 26, 2016
    • Hi and thank you so much. Sonal is so amazing I am thrilled she agreed to do this guest post.

      January 26, 2016
  14. I love chick peas and have now soaked some! This is a must try and a lovely post! Thanks for featuring this dear blogger Suzanne!

    January 26, 2016
  15. Both you and Sonal are so supportive of our blogging family. Sonal made a beautiful dish to share. Her photos are always so amazing. Her photography eye is as keen as her talent in the kitchen and as big as her heart.

    January 26, 2016
  16. Looks awesome Sonal 🙂 Suzanne lucky you – you are treated with some awesome food

    January 26, 2016
  17. Sandhya #

    Suzanne,
    I totally agree with Sonal about you being so kind and compassionate.You are an inspiration to me with your fabulous baking recipes, especially those heavenly tarts.Whenever any of my friends mention baking, I tell them that they have to check out your amazing blog!
    Love Sonal’s recipe. I had never used mint for eggplant steaks so am going to try that soon!

    January 26, 2016
    • Thank you so much Sandhya, you are so nice and I really appreciate your kindness. You also have a fabulous blog with amazing recipes and beautiful photo’s.
      Eggplant goes so nicely with mint, I wish Sonal was in NYC and had cooking classes, I would sign up right away but since she isn’t here she has been so kind to teach long distance. Thank you again,

      January 26, 2016
  18. Suzanne, thank you so much for introducing us to Sonal’s amazing food and outstanding photography! I love Indian dishes, my family not so much. But this isn’t about them, ha! The chickpeas sound amazing, ooh yumm!

    January 26, 2016
    • So if you make Indian food it’s for 1, LOL. I love it and could eat it several times a week. Sonal is so amazing she has so many delicious recipes. Thanks so much.

      January 26, 2016
  19. I just love that third photo up from comments! And I’ve got to try this dish. Partly as I adore aubergine, but I’ve never tried them spiced. Have you tried them yet?

    January 26, 2016
    • Sonal is a terrific photographer and food stylist. I also love eggplant, so much in all sorts of dishes, it’s always been one of my favorites. I havn’t tried this yet but plan on it very soon. Thanks Johnny.

      January 26, 2016
  20. Such a beautiful meal! I love the idea of an eggplant steak. I struggle with cooking eggplant, but at its best, it’s even better than a steak 🙂 The chickpea curry sounds divine!

    January 26, 2016
    • I love eggplant and these steaks sound so delicious, I plan on making it very soon, Sonal is really so talented. Thank you so much.

      January 27, 2016
  21. Sonal is such a talent all around, in addition to being a kind and generous lady. I love and appreciate her blog although I cannot log into (is it a closed blog now?).
    This is a very delicious post for a completely satisfying meal. I am speechless with the beauty of the photos. Thank you for this guest post! 🙂

    January 27, 2016
    • Thanks so much Fae, Sonal is all that you said and then some. Thank you so much. I don’t think there is a problem with her blog, I just got on, maybe it was a temporary glitch.

      January 27, 2016
      • Thank you, Suzanne. I tried this morning and it was on. Yeah! 🙂

        January 27, 2016
  22. BigWhiskey #

    Perfect! I can eat this all day! Thank you.

    BigWhiskey

    January 27, 2016
  23. Love it 🙂

    January 27, 2016
  24. This dish sounds just amazing and the flavors are divine. Beautiful guest post and the pictures are stunning. Sonal is really talented and has a great passion about cooking! 🙂

    January 27, 2016
  25. This food is for trying, so soon as I find myself after the move 😀

    January 27, 2016
  26. Everything looks delicious! I’m particularly intrigued by the chickpeas’ dish! It looks divine! I love chickpeas and I’m always looking for new ways to cook them. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

    January 27, 2016
    • Thanks Francesca, I love Indian food and this sounds incredibly delicious, I can’t wait to make both!!

      January 27, 2016
  27. So delicious! I love Indian food and am always on the hunt for recipes I can create at home. You and Sonal are such talents… I really enjoy seeing your collaboration- you’re a dream team! We all benefit!

    January 27, 2016
  28. Beautiful recipe Suzanne– so perfectly spiced. My daughter and husband do vegetarian January– I’m going to send this along to them.. thanks!

    January 27, 2016
  29. What a feast! Suzanne, you’re really bringing out the best in everyone! And Sonal, I absolutely love your dishes and your pictures – perfect for this time of the year as the spices make up for the lack of warmth 😉

    January 28, 2016
    • It really is the perfect dish for this time of year, warm and filling and delicious. Thank you so much.

      January 28, 2016
  30. That’s the sound of my belly rumbling after lunch because I’m still hungry! How can’t I be hungry though after looking at these swoonworthy photos?!

    January 28, 2016
    • They really are amazing photo’s Pamela. Yep, everytime I look at them I get the same rumbling. Thank you so much.

      January 28, 2016
  31. Sonal’s photographs are indeed so good and the dish sounds delicious. I hope you were warm and well during the ‘Big Bad Freeze.’

    January 28, 2016
    • Everytime I open my page and see her photographs I feel like I am looking at works of fine art. Just so beautiful. Thank you, the snow is melting thank goodness. At some point soon it will be Spring.

      January 28, 2016
  32. Hi Suzanne and Sonel, Thank you for this outstanding recipe ! I really love it and cannot wait to try it. I have an Eggplant sitting in my fridge just waiting to be cooked, and I have cooked lentils….This looks like it is going to be tomorrow nights supper 🙂

    January 29, 2016
    • Hahaha not lentils, silly me, chickpeas !!!!!! I have chickpeas cooked already 🙂

      January 29, 2016
      • LOL, it is delicious Lynne and I also can’t wait to make this. Thank you so much.

        January 29, 2016
  33. What a lovely dish- and absolutely MOUTHWATERING photos! I need to make this one for sure. Sonal is awesome! 😉

    January 29, 2016
  34. I already praised this dish, yours on Sonal’s blog page! I think it is just stunning photography & the recipe rocks! I will make this in Summertime with home-gorewn aubergines! xxx

    February 2, 2016
    • Oh how wonderful that you will have aubergine from your garden. It will be wonderful Sophie.

      February 2, 2016
  35. Suzanne is amazing Sonal and I am not sure how I missed reading this (hmmmm……perhaps “plugged-in overload”). Glad I found it now and not only does it sound and look delicious, it features two of my favorite foods, eggplant and chickpeas. Suzanne is lucky to have tasted your spices first-hand and I am lucky to read about it.

    March 10, 2016

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