Braised Eggplant with Dried Shrimps

Like many, I despised eggplants as a kid but approach them with much love as a grownup. My tastebuds now go crazy for its buttery and luscious texture which I once thought was just mushy and tongue-itching. I am thankful that I changed.

Not all eggplants are grilled or fried. These are braised till fork-tender in a sweet gravy of caramelized onions, garlic and minced dried shrimps, seasoned with fishsauce, lemongrass and whole green chilies. This beautiful sweet-umami concoction of eggplants and dried shrimps is simply lip-smacking.

An essential step in this recipe would be to make the rice because not a single drop of the sauce should go wasted.


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Braised Eggplant – Burmalicious by Suu

Serving: 2 – 3 people
Prep Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 medium eggplants or 1 large eggplant, quartered into 3 inch wedges
  • ½ cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp. dried shrimp, soaked in warm water till soft, then minced
  • 3 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, lightly pounded
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1.5 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 green onions stalks, chopped
  • 4 – 5 whole green chilies

Process

  • Heat the vegetable oil and stir fry the onions and garlic till evenly browned. 
  • Stir in the paprika.
  • Cook the minced dried shrimps till caramelized.
  • Add the lemongrass and 2 tablespoons of water to get a smooth paste.
  • Add the eggplants and season with fish sauce.
  • Mix well till eggplant pieces are well coated with sauce.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of water and slowly braise the eggplants while covered.
  • Carefully stir one time around 5 minute mark, making sure all eggplants are soaking up the sauces. There is a tendency to mush the eggplants if you do it at a later time.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes until eggplants are soft.
  • When the oil returns to the surface, turn the heat off.
  • Garnish with green onions and fresh chillies. 
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Braised Eggplant – Burmalicious by Suu
Burmese language lesson
  • Kha-Yan-Thee Hnut
  • Kha-Yan-Thee -> Eggplants
  • Hnut -> Braising/Braised

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