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Sri Lankan fried eggplant/brinjal salad.

A summer-themed warm eggplant/brinjal salad recipe with Sri Lankan flavours

An easy salad made with fried eggplants, onions, red chilies flecks, and a few more ingredients to give you a brinjal salad that you’ll love.

Using thin slices of deep-fried brinjals, you can make this delicious simple Sri Lankan eggplant salad.


Adding a fried eggplant salad to your meals gives the meal that much-needed element of biting into fresh crispy, veggies.

While there are a few Sri Lankan brinjal curry recipes everyone loves, they do take time to make.

But making this Sri Lankan-style vegetarian eggplant salad doesn’t take much effort or time.

What to serve with brinjal salad

  • More vegetarian curried go well with the eggplant salad recipe.

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Utensils and appliances needed.

  • Knife and chopping board.
  • Bowl with kitchen paper towels.
  • Deep frying pan.
  • A large bowl to combine all ingredients and serve.

Tips to make the best brinjal/eggplant salad.

  • Always use fresh eggplant/brinjals.
  • Once you start frying the brinjals, make sure to maintain the oil at a medium temperature, avoid oil reaching a smoking point.
  • Fry the brinjal chips in small batches of 5-7 chips a time unless you are using a large frying pan.
  • If you are looking for a healthier way of frying the eggplant/brinjal chips then try my air fryer brinjal chips.
  • Workflow to make this salad.
    • Have all the ingredients ready.
    • Deep-fry the brinjals.
    • Combine all ingredients.

More eggplant recipe

Sri Lankan wambatu moju(eggplant/brinjal pickle).

Sri Lankan eggplant curry.

Fried Eggplant in yogurt sauce.

Eggplant sweet and sour curry(sri lankan brinjal pahi).

RECIPE DIFFICULTY-EASY

Sri Lankan fried eggplant/brinjal salad.

The ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.

Ingredients to make brinjal salad

250g medium-sized eggplant(4-5 brinjals)
Salt to season
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 large onion sliced thin
1 medium-sized tomato cut into slices
2 green chillies chopped
2 teaspoon of chllie flecks
3 tablespoons of lime
1/2 tablespoon of sugar(increase by 1 tablespoon to add more sweetness)
Oil to fry(1 and 1/2 cups)

Method

Cut the brinjals into equal 2-inch strips and place them in a bowl.

Season with salt and turmeric(1/2 tsp), combine and set aside.

Slice the onions(1 large sliced fine), tomatoes(1 medium), green chilies(2 chopped).

Add to a large bowl and set aside.

Frying the brinjal/eggplant chips.

Layer a bowl with kitchen paper towels and have the brinjals ready for deep frying.

Place a deep frying pan over medium heat and pour in the oil.

Let the oil heat to a point where when you add a strip of brinjals it sizzles and starts frying.

As you fry the brinjals, make sure the oil does not reach a smoking point.

In small batches fry the brinjal/eggplant strips until they turn golden brown.

Avoid frying the brinjals until they turn to a darker color as the fried brinjals will taste bitter.

Maintain low-medium heat and fry all the brinjals and transfer them to the paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Once the brinjals are fried, combine them with the onions, green chilies, and tomatoes in the bowl.

Set aside.

Combine sugar(1/2 tsp, add more for sweetness and lime juice(3 tbsps), red chilli flecks(2 tsps).

Mix and pour onto the salad, mix well.

Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly, this would mean adding extra lime juice or salt to season until you are satisfied with the taste.

If you are planning to serve the salad late, avoid mixing the brinjals with the other ingredients.

Just 15 minutes before serving, mix all ingredients to keep the salad as fresh as possible.

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Sri lankan brinjal salad served in a black plate.

Sri Lankan fried eggplant/brinjal salad.

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

An easy salad made with fried eggplants, onions, red chilies flecks, and a few more ingredients to give you a brinjal salad that you’ll love.

Using thin slices of deep-fried brinjals, you can make this delicious simple Sri Lankan eggplant salad.

Ingredients

  • Ingredients to make brinjal salad
  • 250g medium-sized eggplant(4-5 brinjals)
  • Salt to season
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 large onion sliced thin
  • 1 medium-sized tomato cut into slices
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 2 teaspoon of chllie flecks
  • 3 tablespoons of lime
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sugar(increase by 1 tablespoon to add more sweetness)
  • Oil to fry(1 and 1/2 cups)

Instructions

  1. Cut the brinjals into equal 2-inch strips and place them in a bowl.
  2. Season with salt and turmeric(1/2 tsp), combine and set aside.
  3. Slice the onions(1 large sliced fine), tomatoes(1 medium), green chilies(2 chopped).
  4. Add to a large bowl and set aside.

Frying the brinjal/eggplant chips.

  1. Layer a bowl with kitchen paper towels and have the brinjals ready for deep frying.
  2. Place a deep frying pan over medium heat and pour in the oil.
  3. Let the oil heat to a point where when you add a strip of brinjals it sizzles and starts frying.
  4. As you fry the brinjals, make sure the oil does not reach a smoking point.
  5. In small batches fry the brinjal/eggplant strips until they turn golden brown.
  6. Avoid frying the brinjals until they turn to a darker colour as the fried brinjals will taste bitter.
  7. Maintain low-medium heat and fry all the brinjals and transfer them to the paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  8. Once the brinjals are fried, combine them with the onions, green chilies, and tomatoes in the bowl.
  9. Set aside.
  10. Combine sugar(1/2 tsp, add more for sweetness and lime juice(3 tbsps), red chilli flecks(2 tsps).
  11. Mix and pour onto the salad, mix well.
  12. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly, this would mean adding extra lime juice or salt to season until you are satisfied with the taste.

If you are planning to serve the salad late, avoid mixing the brinjals with the other ingredients.

  1. Just 15 minutes before serving, mix all ingredients to keep the salad as fresh as possible.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 457Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 439mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 16gSugar: 22gProtein: 8g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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