Fried eggplant is the perfect savory snack

Fried eggplant is a delicious and easy crunchy snack to whip up in a pinch, and it’s a great way to make use of eggplant’s versatility! On this episode of In The Know: Recipe Remix, TikTok-famous chef Shihan Chowdhury (@chilipeppercooks) shares how to make tasty fried eggplant slices to serve as either a flavorful snack or the perfect complimentary side dish!

Ingredients

  • Eggplant

Batter Mix

  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp coriander 
  • 3 Thai chili peppers, diced
  • 1 cup warm water

Post-seasoning Mix

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Directions

  1. Cut your eggplant into rectangular slices.
  1. Make the batter by placing the chickpea flour, cornstarch, baking powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, garam masala, coriander, and Thai chili peppers in a bowl and mixing it all together.
  1. Slowly add warm water to the dry mix to form a batter with a semi-thick consistency.
  1. Coat your eggplant slices in the batter, and fry them in oil at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. 
  1. Meanwhile, make the post-seasoning mix by mixing the salt, garlic powder and onion powder in a small bowl.
  1. Once the eggplant has cooked, remove it from the oil and add the post-seasoning mix right away while it’s hot. Plate, and enjoy!

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