Meditation & Health #18-Comforting Potato and Eggplant Stew


 

Meditation & Health No 18 - Table of Contents

 

 

Comforting Potato and Eggplant Stew

 

          Indulge in soothing nutrition at any time of year with this comforting, tasty stew. Eggplant and potato offer a wealth of nutrients in this easy-to-prepare dish.

 

 

Ingredients
       2 – 3 eggplants (500 grams)
       2 – 3 small potatoes (200 grams)
       A few slices of fresh ginger (10 grams)
       A pinch of flour* (1 teaspoon)
       2 – 3 stalks of parsley, coarsely chopped (1 tablespoon)
       1 – 2 chilies, coarsely chopped (1 teaspoon)
       * may use gluten-free flour

Seasoning
       A pinch of salt to taste (1/2 teaspoon)
       A pinch of sugar to taste (1/2 teaspoon)
       1 tablespoon of soy sauce
       1 tablespoon of vegetarian oyster sauce

Method

       1. Wash eggplants thoroughly after removing stems. Slice lengthwise and then slice into half-moons. Soak the eggplant slices in salted water for 15 minutes. Remove from the water, sprinkle with flour, set aside.

       2. Wash and peel the potatoes. Slice into half-moons.

       3. Heat oil in your stew pot and stir-fry the potatoes until slightly soft. Remove from pot and set aside.

       4. Put the sliced ginger with a little oil into the pot and fry until fragrant. Add the eggplant and stir-fry until soft. Toss the potatoes in and stir-fry with the eggplant.

       5. Add in all the seasonings. When the ingredients are well mixed, pour water into the pot. Two-thirds of the water should be above the ingredients.

       6. Cover the pot and bring to boil. Then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Give the stew another stir.

       7. Cover the pot again and continue to simmer for another 20 minutes on low heat.

       When the stew is ready to serve, garnish with chopped parsley and chilies.

TIPS:

       1. Eggplant is rich in vitamin P (bioflavonoids), as well as zinc, potassium, calcium, and many other minerals. It helps improve the immune system, lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Its high fiber content benefits digestive health.

       2. The purpose of soaking eggplant in salted water and lightly coating it in flour before frying is to prevent the eggplant from soaking up too much oil.

       3. Vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, antioxidants, and fiber are found in the potato. It helps prevent water retention and constipation.When selecting potatoes, pick firm ones and avoid those that have sprouted or started to turn green, as these contain a kind of poison called solanine which could cause vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms of food poisoning.

 

 

Meditation & Health No 18 - Table of Contents