January 28, 2008

Royal Foodie Joust: Lentil - Roasted Eggplant Loaf

Royal Foodie Joust is a monthly food carnival hosted by lovely 'The Left Over Queen'. Every month, three ingredients are selected by the previous month's winner and we need to make a special dish for the Joust out of them. Isn't it exciting.



...and this month's ingredients are - Eggplant, Lentils and Cinnamon. I pondered upon what to cook with these for quite a while now. First I thought of some Creamy Lentil Soup or something like Eggplant Rasavangi.. but finally I decided upon experimenting with our standard Lentil Loaf..!

This is the first time that I am making this Lentil Loaf and the verdict given in 'S' words - awesome, mind-blowing, out of this world taste. Oh ya, I was on clouds when he said these..:D.. On a serious note, the loaf indeed came out yummy and the Roasted Eggplants on the top added a very distinct flavor.. making every morsel yummier and tastier. Thanks to RFJ, which pushed me to experiment with such different recipes.

My Lentil Loaf with Roasted Eggplants is adapted by 'Veronica's Veggie Meatloaf' made by lovely Giada De Laurentiis in the Everyday Italian show. I made my own variations to the recipe to give it an Asian ( a.k.a Indian) flavor with the ingredients for the Joust.



Ingredients:

Yellow Lentils (Toor Dal) - 1 cup
Brown Rice (Cooked) - 1.5 cups
Vegetable Broth - 1 can
Eggplant - 1
Corn Fernels - 1/2 cup
Green French Beans - 1/2 cup
Onions (Chopped) 1/2 cup
Tomato (Chopped) - 1 medium sized
Salt - to taste
Whole Wheat Bread (lightly toasted) - 2 slices
Unsalted Butter / Butter Spray ( I used the spray.. less calories)
Green Chillies - 1
Fresh Coriander leaves - few
Green Chilli Sauce - 1 tbsp
Hot and Sour Sauce - 1 tbsp
Eggs - 2
Salt and Black Pepper - to season
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp
Curry Powder - 1/2 tbsp (optional)
Parmesan Cheese - 1/4 cup
Cinnamon - 1/8 tbsp

Note: There are many additions made by me, some to suit my taste buds and some to meet RFJ ingredients...:))


Preparation:

1. Bring the vegetable broth to boil and cook lentils in it until tender but not too mushy. Drain the excess liquid if necessary.
2. Cook the brown rice in Rice Cooker. (Thats what I did!..For other tips of how to cook fluffy rice: Click here)
3. Now, Heat a flat pan and roast the eggplant ( slit lengthwise)until brown using butter spray.
4. In another wok, take some butter (spray), add in onions, tomatoes, green chillies , beans and corn. Cook for just 2 to 3 mins. Keep aside and Let it cool.
5. Meanwhile, Preheat the oven for 350 deg.
6. In a bowl, mix the lentils, brown rice, onion mixture ( from step 4), eggs, bread, salt, pepper, red chilli powder, curry powder, coriander leaves, green chilli sauce, hot n sour sauce and cinnamon.
7. Spray some butter over a 10 by 4 1/2 by 3-inch loaf pan and evenly spread the above mixture in it. Now, place the roasted eggplants over it. Finally sprinkle some Parmesan cheese.
8. Bake uncovered until the loaf is heated through and the topping is melted and starting to brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.
9. Slice it up and Serve with Checca sauce.

Its the first time I am participating in Royal Foodie Joust and I must say, I enjoied thoroughly baking this Lentil Loaf.

Chao for now folks. Have a Great week ahead!

~ Siri

7 comments :

  1. Joust sounds interesting. I just made a dish with all those ingredients!! May be I should, will not have time though!Casserole looks yum.I love any dish with Eggplants!:)

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  2. This is a lovely event Siri, will drop by Left Over Queen. The dish looks good, Ive made the Veggie Meat Loaf just as is from Giada's show.

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  3. looks yummy, though i'm not fond of eggplant.

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  4. Looke realy good.
    In my family none of us are wild about this veggie. Only time i have used them is in sambar. And mostly it end up in the plate :-))

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  5. ummm...someone has been cooking up a storm, I guess, silently! :-) v innovative siri :)

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  6. Hey Siri!
    It's my first month entering the Food Joust also. I saw your WONDERFUL recipe on the forum there, but couldn't figure out how to respond directly, so I came over here. Lovely blog!

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  7. @ Ashaji: The Joust is till 31st Jan ashaji. U can in ur dish even now!

    @ Namratha: Oh ya, the Joust is indeed a very cool concept Namratha.. do drop by the forum n see if u cud contribute to it..That wud be fun!

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