Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
Similar to the usual blend of vegetables of Provence, that's where the similarity ends. Banana, ginger, lemongrass and cilantro take it far East. This is a recipe I found in the "All Around the World Cookbook."
- 12 ounces eggplants, small, unpeeled, cut into 1/2 inch dice
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups chicken broth, defatted
- 4 ounces green beans, sliced French style on the bias
- 8 ounces green cabbage, shredded 1/2 in wide
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons ginger, minced
- 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon lemongrass, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
- 2 cups bananas, diced
- 1 cup plum tomato, chopped and seeded
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1⁄4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 6 cups cooked rice
- Sprinkle the eggplants with 1 tsp of the salt and let stand for 15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
- Heat the chicken broth in a large pot over medium heat. Add the eggplants and cook for 5 minutes. Add the green beans, cabbage, onion, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, cilantro, and remaining 1 tsp salt. Cook covered over medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the banana, tomatoes and coconut milk. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes longer. Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro leaves.
- Divide the rice between 8 shallow soup bowls. Ladle the vegetables atop the rice. Serve immediately.
I liked this a lot. Every bite had a different flavor! I enjoyed the "perfume" from the cilantro (which I don't always like). I used Napa cabbage and canned diced tomatoes and served it over bulgur instead of rice. Made for ZWT #6 - ZINGO.
I'm really sorry Mulligan. This just didn't work for us. It seemed like this recipe was trying to be so many things at the same time. Ultimately, the addition of banana made it hard to eat because it felt like I had combined dinner and dessert. Made for ZWT 6 Zingo (Voracious Vagabonds)