Its been a almost one and half decades we moved from there and visited , but that taste is still on my tongue and wanted to make same thing for me without stepping out of my home and finally did it. This is as simple as it is but flavor is there and oh so delicious. Eggplant and okra , tomato is a staple ingredients in this dish, instead of Tofu you can add other protein. and just make curry with few chicken in it and it will becomes another dish, I will make that soon and will share it but of course without chicken though.
This dish is very common to find in Malaysia at street hawker stalls that sells this. The colorful vegetables and not so spicy curry always make my wanting more.
The sauce is from fresh red jalapenos, shallot, garlic and ginger, make a paste and mix it with coconut milk and vegetables. You just need plain rice to soak up the goodness of the curry.
4 tbsp. oil
2 small eggplants, cut into 2 inch long matchsticks
6 okra, removed tips and sliced
1/2 cup chopped cabbage
2 tomatoes cut in to wedges
1 onion cut in to slices
1 cup red jalapenos (depend upon your spice level)
1 shallot roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves
2 slices of ginger
2 tsp. cumin powder
2 tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup tofu cut
3 curry leaves
salt as per taste
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
Heat a pan, add 2 tbsp. oil and cook eggplant and okra, you just need to cook eggplant and okra so its raw taste will go away. Once its done, take it out.
To make the paste, add jalapenos, shallot, garlic , ginger and 1 tbsp. oil in blender. Make a fine paste.
Heat the same pan again. Add the remaining oil and sauté the chili paste, stirring often, cook till extra water evaporates and paste is cooked.
Add cumin, coriander , turmeric and sauté for few more seconds until nice aroma comes.
Add the vegetable stock, and bring it to boil. Once its gets boiled, add the cabbage, tomatoes, eggplant, curry leaves .
Cook the vegetables for 2-3 minutes then add coconut milk and check for seasoning , add salt and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
When its done, add lime juice, taste and adjust the seasoning again if needed.
Serve warm with plain Jasmin rice or any white rice.
For me I have to have this curry with hot sambal on side , without that my meal is not complete.