De Bon Goût—Eggplant Moju

  • 26th December 2013

Sri Lanka is really a vegetarian’s paradise.  From beetroot curry to our favorite thus far—Eggplant Moju, the meatless mains are plentiful and deliciously satisfying.



The vegetable market in Galle has a huge selection of new delights like wild jungle bitter gourd.

The vegetable market in Galle has a huge selection of ‘new-to-us’ delights like wild jungle bitter gourd.


This recipe come to us by way of a cooking class at the Amangalla and it combines the flavors of fried shallots, fried cashew nuts, coconut vinegar and treacle.


It is a Sri Lankan favorite in homes and restaurants alike—one taste and you will know why!


Fried cashews and baby shallots

Fried cashews, green chiles and baby shallots add delicious flavor to the dish.




Eggplant Moju

250 Grams  eggplant cut into 6 cm by 1 cm pieces

30 Grams green chiles sliced and cut in half

100 Grams shallots peeled

150 Grams cashew nuts

1 Tsp mustard powder or paste (mustard paste is made with equal parts ground mustard seeds and butter)

1/4 Cup coconut vinegar

1 1/2  Tbsp.  treacle (similar to honey only sweeter), jaggery or brown sugar

1/2 Tsp black pepper

1/2 Tsp red chili powder

Salt to taste

1/2 + 1/2 Tsp turmeric powder

3-5 Cardamom pods, crushed

10 Grams ginger in a coarse paste

10 Grams garlic in a coarse paste

Cooking oil for frying


Cutting the matchsticks

Cutting the matchsticks



 Step by Step Preparation:

• Toss the eggplant matchsticks with salt and 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and keep aside for a few minutes

• Deep fry each of the following separately until golden in color; eggplant; green chiles; shallots;

cashew nuts

• In a sauce pan add the coconut vinegar, cardamom, ginger, garlic, 1/2 tsp of turmeric, pepper,

red chili powder, salt and sugar.

• Add the deep fried eggplant, green chili, shallots, and cashew nuts and mix thoroughly on warm heat

• Serve hot or warm with cooked rice and curry



Colman's  Coconut Toddy Vinegar

Colman’s Coconut Toddy Vinegar




Serve hot and enjoy!

Serve hot and enjoy!



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