Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Roasted Eggplant & Tomatoes with Pan Fried Chickpeas in Coconut Milk

Sometimes the best dinners are the ones you come up with when you think you have to go grocery shopping but are too lazy to. This was the situation last night. After bringing the ducks up to the garden for a romp, coming home and continuing the duck house clean-up; I was rendered exhausted and hungry. Retreating to the kitchen I pulled out all the garden vegetables that were ready to be eaten. Eggplant, zucchini, large beefsteak tomatoes, cucumber, Swiss chard and garlic. I found a can of chickpeas and a can of coconut milk along with the delicious honey we picked up at Stone Barns. These things were to become dinner.

Roasted Eggplant & Tomatoes with Pan Fried Chickpeas in Zucchini Coconut Milk 
Serves 2

You will need:
1 medium sized eggplant
2 large hearty tomatoes
1 medium zucchini
4 large leaves of Swiss chard
1 can full fat coconut milk
1 can chickpeas
Olive Oil
Fresh black pepper
Half a lime
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
1 teaspoon Curry powder
Honey (to taste)
A few cloves of garlic with the skin on
1 small cucumber (optional)

Preheat your oven to 375 with the rack just one notch below the highest.
Slice the eggplant into half inch rounds then into half circles, place in a bowl and toss with a generous amount of olive oil and salt. Set aside.
Slice two tomatoes into half inch rounds and place on a baking sheet. Add the eggplant and drizzle both with more olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in oven to roast.
Slice your zucchini into 1/4 inch rounds and set aside.

Drain and rinse well one can of chickpeas, heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a skillet, set heat to medium. When hot add the chickpeas, sprinkle with salt and a half teaspoon of curry powder. Toss around to coat and let it fry for about 2 minutes, add another sprinkle of salt and another 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder. Fry for another 2 minutes. Add the juice from half of your half of lime, turn off the heat. Remove to a small bowl to cool, taste test for more salt.

Check on the eggplants and tomatoes, turn the baking sheet and add a few generous grinds of black pepper, add your garlic, whole, to roast.

Back in the skillet add another spoonful of coconut oil over medium heat, when hot add a teaspoon of grated ginger, saute for a few moments scraping up the curry chickpeas remains and add your sliced zucchini. Saute until the zucchini is soft but not all the way, add the coconut milk, and the lime (yes, skin and all), bring to a bowl. Simmer on low for a few minutes then turn off the heat, leave uncovered.

Meanwhile set your oven to broil on the high setting and finish off the eggplants and tomatoes, you want a nice brown crust on the eggplant. While they are finishing drizzle your chickpeas with 1/2 teaspoon of honey to start, toss and taste, add more if desired. Stir in a half teaspoon honey (or to taste) to the coconut milk and zucchini.

When the eggplants and tomatoes are finished, remove from the oven and add the roasted eggplant to the coconut milk and zucchini. Chop up two Swiss chard leaves for each person into a bowl. Pour over the chard the coconut milk zucchini eggplant mixture, add a couple slices of roasted tomato, a clove of garlic, a spoonful of chickpeas and thinly sliced cucumbers for garnish. Watch out for the lime you added!

Its many steps but in about 45 minutes you will have a healthy, local vegan dinner that is so freaking delicious. Double everything and you have leftovers or dinner for four.

Sorry there are no pics...I was too hungry, the images above were taken at Stone Barns in New York this past weekend, post on the Sandor Katz Fermentation Workshop to follow soon.