Saturday, June 09, 2007

hOt and spIcy SArAwAk Recipes - Greek Moussaka with a Sarawak Twist

Greek Moussaka with a Sarawak Twist

2 medium sized brinjals (cut length wise or any way you like)
2 big bombay onions
l big clove garlic chopped
2 Tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp cinnamon powder
l Tbsp spring onions, chopped
Sarawak black pepper (as much as you like)

75 gm margarine
75 gm plain flour
570 ml milk
50 gm grated nutmeg
2 large eggs
100 gram grated parmesan cheese.

1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees Centigrade
2. Soak sliced brinjal in salt water for 1/2 hour and then later press the moisture out.
3. Stir fry onions and garlic in 2 tbsp of oil until fragrant. Add in minced beer, fry till slightly brown and mix in cinnamon powder, fresh spring onions, salt and pepper.
4. Let it simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionaly. Remove and leave aside.
5. In a pan, stir fry the brinjals until fairly soft. Drain on kitchen paper.

6. Topping : 1. melt margarine in a pan and add in the flour and cook for about 5 minutes. Whisk in the milk gradually until the mixture is smooth.
2. Stir inthe grated cheese, salt, pepper and grated nutmeg. Allow to cool. Whiskegg yolks and stir into the cooled mixture.

7. Layer the brinjal with the meat sauce laternately in an oblong glass dish. Finally top with the topping and bake for 1 hour or until the top is golden brown and fluffy.

This dish goes well with children and seniors who love brinjals, a popular vegetable in Ssarawak. It is elegant and easy to bring to a pot luck.

And besides, it does not have to be eaten with rice. It goes well with bread, roti canai and even noodles.

And of course you can add as much black pepper as you wish!!

Give it a try.

(Hint : If you do not like the white sauce....just use mashed potatoes... You can get your children to do the mashed potatoes and you will have lots of fun...never mind the mess, think of all the good memories.....)

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