Thai Red Curry Eggplant and Mustard Greens
30 minutes or fewer
Curry pastes vary widely in pungency and spice, so you may have to add more or less to this recipe according to the type you use. Both Asian mustard greens (which are pale and have a strong, spicy flavor) and leafy mustard greens will work in the recipe, or you can substitute Swiss chard or watercress.
- 2 Tbs. Thai red curry paste
- 1 Tbs. sugar
- 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
- 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
- 1 small eggplant (8 oz.) cut into 1-inch-thick chunks, or 2 cups round Thai eggplants, halved
- 1 small onion, quartered and sliced (1 cup)
- 1 lb. mustard greens, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- ¼ cup light coconut milk
- Lime wedges, for garnish
1. Whisk together curry paste, sugar, garlic, and 2 Tbs. water in small bowl. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggplant and onion, and cook 5 minutes, or until eggplant is browned. Stir in curry mixture, and cook 30 seconds, or until vegetables are coated.
3. Add mustard greens, and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until leaves are wilted. Stir in coconut milk and 1 1/2 cups water, and season with salt, if desired. Cover, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 to 15 minutes, or until eggplant is tender. Serve with lime wedges.
April/May 2011 p.65