People think making non-veg dishes is a big deal and require lots of effort and not to mention lots of ingredients too.
Well I agree, at times I do become one of them, when I don't feel like cooking...:)But seriously if we want to make any non-veg dishes our way, I mean Indian way, then we do require lots of ingredients, which in turn becomes our masala and so on...
Well I assure that, tho there are dishes which require lots of ingredients, there are a few dishes which we can make using the minimal amount of ingredients, one of which is when we make use of dried fish or dried shrimp.
The dried shrimp or fish imparts a lot of flavor to the dish, that very little of any other ingredients have to be added into it. A little addition of dried fish or shrimp goes a long way.
I am a big fan of dried shrimp and fish. I may not like or eat all kinds but, there are some which I absolutely like.
The dried shrimp I used here are a little bigger variety which can be found in any of the Asian stores in USA.
Another misconception is that there is lots of smell when we cook this, but I don't think so. The ones we get in India do give lots of smell, but the ones we get here, don't smell too much.
1/3 cup dried shrimp, soaked in water for 1/2 hour
about 10 baby eggplants, chopped ( you can use any variety)
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 small onion, chopped
salt as required (remember to add less, as the dried shrimp or fish is already salty)
1/2 tbsp oil
pinch of turmeric
1 1/2 to 1 tbsp of chilli powder
Chopped coriander leaves for garnish
Soak the dried shrimp for about 1/2 hour.
Heat oil in a pan.
Add the chopped onion and saute for about a minute.
Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute.
Add the dried shrimp and saute for 2 minutes.
Add the chopped eggplant and mix well.
Cover and let cook until soft.
Season with salt, turmeric and chili powder as per your requirement.
At the end, garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve with Rice or chapathi.
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