So I finally seem to have found a way for Papa to eat (and ask for seconds of) aubergine! I wasn't especially trying to, I had resigned myself to the fact he would have a taste, and say no thanks, so I decided to make what I felt like with the one received in our organic veg box. I was out shopping and visiting my aunty, so I texted Godpapa to "please chop up Sebastian for me" so I could get on with cooking as soon as I got in. (This will only make sense to parents and carers of small children who watch Cbeebies; it is a reference to Mr Bloom's nursery.)
So I got home and got a good slosh of olive oil + veg oil heating and tipped the aubergine cubes in and set them squeaking. As the character Sebastian is always singing, and in Bengali we refer to the aubergine as singing when it is cooking at the correct heat, I was quite amused to call Littl'Un in for a listen. She was delighted.
After a few minutes, I added finely chopped onion, about half a large one, and a teaspoon of cumin seeds. I put the lid on and let it cook down. I have a real abhorrence of any bite left to the aubergine, so I like the pieces small and mushed down. I got on with the other dishes while this magic happened, in this case my turkey mince curry which I've been requested to post up too, and will do in my next post.
When I felt it was cooked enough I poured in half a tin of tomatoes, and a teaspoon of my garam masala. I wanted a sourness to it too, so I added an extra half teaspoon of ground cumin and also at the very end, a teaspoon of green mango powder.
I may have added water and obviously salt to taste, some tomatoes in tins are thicker so would probably need a little water added to make this gravyish enough to mix with rice.
I'm sure it was the green mango powder, also known as amchoor, that made all the difference, so don't leave it out if at all possible.
Both girls loved it too, and there wasn't any left!