Taste of Sri Lanka: Vol. IV

This post is on 2 quick and easy Sri Lankan dishes: fried brinjal (eggplant) saladmaalu thel daala (Spicy Stir-fried Fish).

The eggplant salad is commonly served as an accompaniment to a rice and curry meal, while the fish is a Sri Lankan take on the typically Asian fish stir-fry.

Fried Eggplant Salad

  • 3-4 large eggplants, washed thoroughly and thinly sliced
  • 2-3 green chillies, sliced diagonally
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced/ chopped (your choice)
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Salt/ pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • Juice of half a lime/ lemon

Deep fry the eggplant slices (do not over-fry), until golden and set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients (except for the lime/ lemon juice).

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Add the eggplant slices into the salad mix and combine. Add the lime/ lemon juice, toss and serve.

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Maalu Thel Daala 

  • 500 grams firm white fish, cubed
  • 2 large capsicums (banana peppers), sliced diagonally
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 large onion, rough chunks
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce (ketchup)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Salt/ pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger/ garlic paste
  • 1-2 tablespoons Chinese chilli paste
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil

In a wok/ large saucepan, heat the oil and add the garlic/ ginger paste. Fry for a minute and add in the fish, onions, peppers, chilli paste, sauces and sugar. Season with salt and pepper.

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**Keep in mind the soy sauce will add some salt to the dish, while seasoning with further salt.**

This is a typically spicy dish, so you may tone down on the chilli paste, as required.

Add in a dash of water, to help all the sauces bind. Mix well, until the fish is cooked through. Add in the tomatoes and remove off the fire.

Serve immediately with some fried rice, plain white rice.

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** This dish can be replicated with other types of seafood: prawns, cuttlefish, and even with chicken.**

These dishes are among the quickest you could ever make, so do give them a shot!

Bon Appetit!

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