Crispy Deep-fried Eggplant Slices
-Recipe from Yamuna mataji
fried potatoes are welcome almost any time of the day, fried eggplants
are usually part of a meal, because they must be served just after they
are fried. If they are held in a warmer, even for 10 minutes, the
crispy crust softens and the overall effect is a soggy fritter. If you
reuse the ghee or oil after frying, be sure to pass it through a fine
filter to remove traces of flour; the inevitable residue would burn and
shorten the life of the frying medium.
Preparation time (after assembling ingredients): ½ hour
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6 to 8
1 medium-sized eggplant (1-1 ¼ pounds/455-570 g)
cut crosswise into ¼ -inch (6 mm) slices salt
1/3 teaspoon (1. ml) paprika or cayenne pepper
Whole wheat flour for dusting
ghee or vegetable oil for frying
Place the eggplant slices on a tray and sprinkle liberally with
salt. Let them sit for at least ½ hour to draw out excess moisture.
Rinse off the salt, then pat the slices dry with paper towels. Sprinkle
the slices with paprika or cayenne.
2. Place a
small quantity of flour in a plastic or paper bag and drop in as many
eggplant slices as you will fry in a batch. Shake vigorously, then
remove each piece, shake off the excess flour, and set on a plate.
Pour enough ghee or oil to measure 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) deep
into a large, heavy deep –frying pan. Heat the oil to 375 f (190 C) and
put in as many eggplant slices as will fit in a single layer. Fry each
side until crisp and browned. Remove the slices with a slotted spatula
and set aside on paper towels. Repeat for each batch.