Bangin’ Baingan (Eggplant) Fries

Ever had a lone eggplant left in your fridge and not known what to do with it??

Check out this recipe – Bangin’ Baingan (Eggplant) Fries – from our friend TAPAS-tree (http://tapastree.tumblr.com/ – a fun and offbeat food blog based in DC).

What you need:

  1. 1 1-lb eggplant, cut lengthwise into 0.5” strips and then into 0.5” inch strips.
  2. Vegetable oil, for frying (You can also use a really light olive oil).
  3. Rice flour – 1 cup
  4. Garlic powder – 1 tbsp
  5. Garam Masala – 2 tbsp
  6. Sea salt – to taste and to sprinkle
  7. Lime juice – 1 tbsp

What you do:

  1. Fill a large bowl half-full with ice. Add the eggplant strips and then cover with water.
  2. Place a plate on top of the bowl to weigh the eggplants down. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours.
  3. Pour oil into a large deep pot until it is 2” deep and heat on medium-high (You can use a deep-fry thermometer to heat until it is 325°-350°F, or you can do what I do and dip the end of a wooden spoon in when you think the oil is ready. If little bubbles form then you are good to go).
  4. Meanwhile, mix the rice flour, garam masala, 1 tsp sea salt, and garlic powder in a shallow dish.
  5. Drain the eggplant, shake off loose water and toss them in the flour mixture.
  6. Fry in small batches until golden brown (usually 4-5 minutes).
  7. Remember to allow the oil to re-heat in between batches or you will end up with oil-soaked eggplants.
  8. Transfer to a plate with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  9. Add a pinch of sea salt and some lemon juice.

It’s so simple and a healthy alternative to traditional fries! 🙂 🙂

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