This is my version of a spicy dish we had on our last trip to Chicago. It was served with white rice. Recommend Japanese Eggplant. Would also recommend thin skinned white potatoes so that there is no peeling.
Heat oil in a pan. Add spices, tomatoes, sugar and salt.
Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes till the tomatoes are soft.
Add potatoes and eggplant. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Add a 1 cup of water and continue to cook over medium heat for about 5 to 10 minutes more till the vegetables are tender. Watch the pot as you may need to add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water to prevent scorching.