Sweet & Sour Eggplant With Capsicum (Red Bell Pepper)

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Sweet and Sour Eggplant with Capsicum ( Red Bell Pepper)
serves 2

~ Recipe: Jenny Lovell

This recipe is versatile and can be enjoyed in any setting!

Ingredients:

500 grams (or just a wee bit over a pound) eggplant,
and cubed red capsicum ( red bell pepper )
3 tbsp soy sauce
tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)
2-3 tbsp sesame oil (Optional – I use coconut oil)
Pineapple pieces, sliced into chunks
(optional) sesame seeds
2 cups cooked rice.

Method: 

  1. Sprinkle the eggplant with salt and let stand for 15 – 20 minutes (this causes the eggplants to sweat taking out moisture). Moisture will appear on the surface of the eggplant after about 15 – 20 minutes.

2. Rinse salt from the eggplant and pat dry.

3. Cut the capsicum (bell pepper) into medium chunks

4. In a small bowl, mix together thoroughly, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, garlic and cornflour (cornstarch). Put aside.

5. Heat a non stick frypan or wok over medium high heat till hot, then add oil. Add eggplant cubes and sauté till browned , 3-5 minutes. Put aside.

6. Add the red capsicum (bell pepper) to the frypan or wok and continue to sauté for 2-4 minutes until the capsicum (bell pepper) chunks are tender.

7. Add eggplant back into frypan or wok and mix with capsicum (bell pepper).

8. Reduce heat to medium. Pour the reserved sauce over the top of the eggplant and capsicum (bell pepper). Stir the sauce with the vegetables until evenly coated. Continue to stir until the sauce thickens, add the pineapple chunks and stir through or you can add pineapple chunks fresh as well.

9. Serve over hot rice, Sprinkle sesame seeds over the top of the eggplant and capsicum mixture & serve.

Easy-Peasy Pashtidah

Easy-Peasy Pashtidah

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Recipe ~ Debbie Elfassy, Benjamin, Israel

This recipe is an old family favourite because it is so simple to make and delicious!

The Hebrew word for ‘simple” or “easy” is pashut. Also a root of Pashtidah – pronounced pahsh-tee-dah!

Ingredients:

4 zucchini, grated
2 large carrots, grated
1 red onion, halved and thinly slivered
1 cup self-raising flour, sifted
6 eggs, lightly beaten
Half a cup light Olive oil or
  quarter cup each of canola and olive oil
1 cup grated Parmesan
Fresh thyme or basil
Salt and black pepper to taste        
Cherry tomatoes to garnish

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180degrees C. Grease a 22cm dish/cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the ungredients except the tomatoes. Season to taste and mix well.
  3. Spread mixture into dish/pan. Halve some cherry tomatoes and arrange on top of the pashtidah.
  4. Sprinkle some Parmesan on top and bake for about 50 minutes or till set and golden.  

(You can be imaginative and substitute the zucchini and carrot combination with any other vegetables.)

Bon Appetit or B’tei’avon from Israel!🇮🇱