Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spaghetti with Eggplant Parmigianna

3/12/2011 10:55:00 AM

This famous pasta dish comes from Parma in Italy. Spaghetti tossed in a chilli cream sauce topped with cheese filled eggplants and the famous Italian tomato sauce. It makes a harmonious blend of flavours. When selecting eggplants, look for those that are heavy for their size, and have a smooth, shiny and deep purple skin. Toss the spaghetti in the chilli cream sauce just before serving, as it doesn't taste as good when it is reheated. Warm the dish in an oven if the eggplant slices have turned cold. Enjoy it hot and, of course, freshly prepared.

For the chilli cream spaghetti
3 cups cooked spaghetti
2 cloves garlics, sliced
1 tbsp dry red chilli flakes (paprika)
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp cream
1 tomato, deseeded and chopped
1 tsp butter
1 tsp olive oil or oil
salt to taste

For the eggplant parmagiana
250 gms brinjal (baingan / eggplant)
4 cheese slices
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup plain flour (maida)
oil for deep-frying

Other ingredients
1/2 recipe Tomato Cream Sauce
For the eggplant parmagiana
1.Slice the eggplant into 16 slices of 4 mm. thickness. Keep aside.
2.Combine the breadcrumbs, mixed herbs and salt in a dry plate and mix well.
3.Mix the flour with enough water in a bowl to make a paste of coating consistency.
4.Cut each slice of cheese to fit into the eggplant slice.
5.Place each portion of the cheese slice and 1 teaspoon of tomato cream sauce in between two eggplant slices.
6.Dip each eggplant cheese sandwich into the flour paste and then coat with the bread crumb mixture.
7.Press the bread crumbs firmly onto the eggplant slices.
8.Deep fry in hot oil till golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.

For the chilli cream spaghetti
1.Heat the butter and olive oil in a pan and sauté the garlic and chilli flakes in it for a few seconds.
2.Add the milk and cream and bring to a boil.
3.Add the spaghetti and salt and toss lightly.
4.Add the tomato and mix well. Keep aside.

How to proceed
1.Place the chilli cream spaghetti on a large serving plate and top with the eggplant parmagianna.
2.Heat the tomato cream sauce and pour on top.
3.Serve hot.


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