Friday, May 04, 2007

O is for Oven Baked Eggplant

Hah!! I made it this time for Nupur's A-Z of Vegetables ....
It's been so long.. or at least feels so long since I had a post for this event! I made Oven baked Eggplant...
There is no love lost between me and the eggplant... however it's the exact opposite with M! His eyes glaze over, a benevolent smile wreathes his face and he rubs his hands in anticipation. That is the Only reason why the 'Baingan Raja' ever finds its way into my kitchen.
Now this little sucker with it's siblings, was lying in the dark regions of the fridge, untouched for a week now... I would look at it...ponder over the possibilities (which, I know are numerous).. shake my head and pick up another vegetable, talk about being prejudiced! So finally, last evening, casting aside my feelings, I pulled up the eggplant and decided to make this appetizer... a treat for M... he had a gruelling day at work and deserved something that would bring back that 'smile'!!
Now ,I have no clue where I got this recipe from, in one of my moods I had taken out sheets and sheets of recipe printouts, so safe to say that the source is Google.

Making it is also no big deal! So simple and quick too!

1 med. size Eggplant
5 tbsp Mayonnaise
Parmesan cheese (I did an approx. on this)
1/4 tsp. Pepper powder

Preheat the oven to 350 d. F
Place foil on the oven tray (spray with oil if u want), I used Olive oil spray
Mix the mayo, cheese, salt and pepper and mix to make a nice paste
Spread the breadcrumbs on a plate
Slice the eggplant into discs
Dip the eggplant discs into the mixture
Pat on both sides on the breadcrumb plate
Place on the tray and bake for 10 minutes on each side

Variations : Using a dash of Italian seasoning

Using the Large Eggplant (one that is commonly used in making 'bharta')

Substituting any other cheese instead of Parmesan

Verdict: Very NICE!! (the 'smile' is back in it's place!) I could put in a better way... as Jeeves (not his own, of course! It's Browning!!) would say...The lark's on the wing;The snail's on the thorn; God's in his Heaven --All's right with the world!

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  1. you're on a roll! this looks lovely..I like baking the eggplant too...pour some tomato sauce and cheese on top and you have eggplant parmesan!
    btw, your mini idli stand is just cute!

    have a lovely weekend...

  2. HeHe!! Love the title for "O"!!!

    I would do a cart wheel(you don't wanna see that!)for that Baingan,I love it and my eyes are glazed over too.YUM!!

  3. Oh, this looks so delicious! Very clever, Manasi...thanks for participating.

  4. I love Eggplant Parmesana but never tried at home. Thanks Manasi. Looks delicious.

  5. Oh my goodness Manasi, it looks fabulous! It's been so long since I cooked eggplant with anything other than Indian spices -- I think I forgot how ;)
    This would make a great bbq appetizer. Thanks for sharing!

  6. wow love this eggplant dish! Thanks for sharing manasi will try sometime!

  7. Manasi,

    First time to your blog, Love eggplants and oven roasted but have been heaven.

    Thanks for the recipe added you to my blogroll :)

  8. That's such a nice recipe...both my kids make all kinds of excuses if they see it being served at the table...i too am not a great fan of you it is hubby dear whose face lights up on this being served...

  9. hey Manasi, I too bake the eggplants in oven and then make baingan ka bartha. nice recipe.

  10. Hi Trupti! Must try ur variation, am sure the hubby will love it!! Thanx!!

    Hi Asha...Ohhh, another baingan fan!!

    Hi Nupur... Thanx.. wish I had better photography skils!

    Hi Reena, Try this, it is too easy for words!

    Hi Linda, I am no fan of eggplant, but the hubby loved it! great appetizer.

    Hi Roopa, Do try it.. hope u like it too!

    Hi Sreelu, Welcome!! thanx for adding me to the blogroll!

    Hi Sunita!! So we r in the same boat!

    Hi Sharmi, baking eggplant in the oven for bharta! nice.. I dont like it so I have never made bharta... but will try sometime ! Thanx!

  11. Hi, I stumbled upon your blog somehow and I spent a whole lot of time reading all the recipes! Really enjoyed some pics sp. of misal, thalipeet, tikki etc. I am surely going to try your quesadillas. Seems like we both share common interests, GOOD veg food :) I love to cook and try new things. Thanks.

  12. Hi Kanchan! welcome! Thank u so much!!! Its real nice to see a foodie with similar interests!!!!

  13. Hi Manasi,
    I lurk here regularly, seldom leave comments.This sounds like such a good recipe!. I made your Vangi Kaap the other day. Unfortunately, they didn't turn out well at all. I don't know where I went wrong.. maybe my slices were too thick...So, I am going to try using my big eggplant this way now!
    Thanks for sharing !

  14. Hi TBC, I'm so sorry the vangi kaap did not turn out as well as u expected. There is so little that u need to do for those!!! Hope this recipe turns out well. All the best!

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