How to make a sensational Wambatu moju

How to make a sensational Wambatu moju

How to make a sensational Wambatu moju

Written by Nathasha De Alwis

23 Oct, 2018 | 10:26 am

Colombo (News1st): Served mostly with rice and curries, Wambatu moju is an extremely flavorful candied eggplant (brinjals) pickle.
Ingredients
  • ½ lb eggplants, cut into small strips
  • 1 large red onion, sliced thickly
  • 10 green hot peppers, split lengthwise
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (1-inch) piece ginger, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons umbalakada (smoked and dried Maldives fish)
  • 10 leaves curry
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  •  tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat a large amount of oil over medium heat.
  2. When the oil is ready, fry the eggplant strips until lightly brown on both sides.
  3. Using a skimmer, remove eggplants from the oil, and place on paper towels.
  4. In the same oil, fry the onions and green hot peppers for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  5. With the skimmer, remove the onions and green hot peppers from the oil, and place on paper towels.
  6. Finally, still in the same oil, fry the umbalakada (smoked and dried Maldives fish) until they turn golden.
  7. With the skimmer, remove the umbalakada from the oil, and place on paper towels.
  8. Using a blender or mortar and pestle, crush the ginger and garlic to make a paste.
  9. Add the mustard seeds to this paste, and pound until the mustard seeds are crushed.
  10. Add the coriander, sugar, turmeric, salt, and vinegar, and stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved.
  11. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and add the fried vegetables, fish, and the paste.
  12. Mix well, and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring gently.

Take a bite and the soft and juicy texture of the eggplant should melt in your mouth — the slightly sweet, sour and salty contrast is absolutely sensational.

Enjoy!!!

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