My partner was PJ from Seduce Your Tastebuds, and seriously, I couldn't have been happier. I love Indian food, and visiting PJ's site was like a kid's visit to a candy store! I had such a difficult time deciding which recipe to make, but when I came across this brinjal curry (eggplant curry), my decision was made. I've made eggplant curry before, but not like this! I loved the flavors, and I'm always happy to find a new spice, which in this case was asafoetida. Asafoetida was a totally new spice for me, so I looked it up, and it's also known as hing, devil's dung, or stinking gum. The flavor is somewhat garlicky-oniony, but the smell, well, don't be put off by it. Now, asafoetida is not something to be found in a south Louisiana market, but thankfully, there's Spices Inc! I ordered just a small amount, 1 oz, as you only need a bit. However, if you don't want to order it, you can always just mix a bit of garlic and onion powder to somewhat simulate the taste.
PJ's recipe exactly, with the exception of leaving out the curry leaves, as I couldn't find them anywhere. If you're a lover of Indian food, then click here for PJ's authentic and delicious recipes. And if you want to participate in Taste and Create, click here for more information.