Oriental aubergine, spring onion and chilli salad

Jennifer Joyce creates a sensational side dish or starter with this mouth-watering recipe for crispy fried aubergines in a piquant dressing
Oriental aubergine, spring onion and chilli salad
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

main

  • 4 spring onions, shredded
  • 2 thumb size red chillies, shredded
  • 3 medium aubergines
  • 1 litres groundnut oil
  • small bunch of fresh coriander, to serve

For the dressing:

  • 5 tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • 2 thumb sized red chillies, de-seeded and chopped
  • 3 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 4cm knob of ginger, finely chopped
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar, or Mirin
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Method

1. Place the spring onions and chillies into a bowl of water and chill in the refrigerator until required. This makes them crisp and sweeter in taste once cooked.

2. Cut the aubergines into 1cm thick slices. Heat the oil in a wok or heavy based frying pan. It is ready for frying when a piece of bread added to it sizzles immediately.

3. Deep-fry the aubergines until brown and crispy, and then drain on kitchen paper. Arrange the aubergine slices in a large bowl.

4. Place all the dressing ingredients into a small bowl and mix well. Alternatively, pulse them in a food processor.

5. Drain the spring onions and chillies and sprinkle them over the aubergines. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve immediately. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

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