There is a myth about aubergines that it has no medicinal value! When infact The eggplants are a very rich source of fibre and low soluble carbohydrates. Thus they are highly beneficial for regulation of blood sugar levels and also to control the absorption of glucose. This makes them the best option for people suffering from type 2 diabetes. It has a very high water contents and potassium and very low in calorie this quality of brinjal helps to reduce weight. If you are weight conscious then I will suggest that you reduce the quantity of cheese to half when you make this dish .
For aubergines / brinjal
4 long brinjals big
4 tbsp olive oil for shallow fry
2 tsp mix herb
For tomato cheese sauce
1 big onion (chopped)
2 tsp chopped garlic
2 green chili (chopped)
4 large red tomatoes (blanch and chopped)
2 tsp saunf / fennel seed
Salt as per taste
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp olive oil
4 big red Tomatoes
2 tsp mixture of salt , pepper and oregano
For mashed potatoes
3 big boil potatoes
2 tbsp butter
4 tbsp grated cheese
Salt and pepper as per taste
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup bread crumbs
50 GM butter
* 1/4 cup cheese ( mozzarella would be better)
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese / processed cheese for all use
* you can use parmesan cheese instead of mozzarella if you want
How to proceed :
Cut brinjal horizontally into 11/2" thick slices . Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry brinjal till golden brown in color . Sprinkle mix herb and keep aside.
Also , Cut tomatoes same as brinjal and shallow fry ( do not over fry)in same pan add little oil if required sprinkle seasoning mixture and keep aside.
For tomato sauce :
Heat oil in a pan add fennel seed stir and add chopped onion and garlic in it ,mix and cook for few min , add chili and chopped tomatoes in it cook for min and add salt , chili and sugar . Cook for another 3-4 min and add cheese in it sauce is ready to use.
For mashed potatoes :
Mash potatoes properly . Add melted butter and cheese in it , add salt and pepper , mash and mix it properly.
For topping :
Crush walnuts and mix in breadcrumbs ,add cheese and butter and mix it properly whole mixture should look like crumbs .
Get set go....
Grease a flat baking dish with butter pour half tomato cheese sauce in it and spread it at the base , layer prepared brinjal on top of it , sprinkle good amount of cheese on it .
Arrange second layer of prepared tomatoes ,again sprinkle cheese on it and pour rest of the tomato sauce spread it evenly .
For third layer arrange brinjal and tomatoes alternately and topped it with mashed potatoes spread evenly . Topped it with walnuts and breadcrumb mixture dash with little butter and bake at 250*C till topping turn golden brown . Approximately 15 min.
Serve this casserole with garlic bread .