Indonesian style Eggplant Sambal / Sambal Terong
It has a tangy, sweet and spicy taste and is very delicious. It is very easy to make and it can be had with steamed rice.
2 medium long Eggplants cut into cubes
10 Fresh Red Chillies chopped
6 Shallots chopped
4 Garlic cloves
1 tbsp Shrimp paste (Optional)
1 tbsp Palm Jaggery grated
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Tamarind paste
1/4 cup Oil
Take a bowl and soak the tamarind paste in 2 cups of water. Keep it aside. Grind chillies, shallots, salt, shrimp paste, palm jaggery and garlic in a mortar and pestle or grind it in a grinder. Heat oil for frying in a wok, stir-fry the eggplant till light pink in colour. Remove from the wok and drain it on a paper towel. Add the paste. Stir fry for 2 minutes, on medium heat. Add tamarind water. Let boil, for 10 minutes. Add the eggplants. Mix well and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve it with steamed rice.