Steamed Brinjal Topped With Sambal and Crispy Shallots

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Ingredients
5-6 small brinjal – wash and cut into half (soak in salt water for 10 minutes)
2 tbsp olive/vegetable oil

Crispy Shallots for toppings

Pounded/Blended Ingredients
6 shallots
3 cloves garlic
2 stalks lemongrass
1/2 inch galangal
1/2 inch turmeric
1/2 inch roasted belacan
2 tbsp dried shrimp – soaked in hot water
4 fresh red chilli
1 tsp oil
50 ml water

Sauce Ingredients
1 tsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste (optional)
1/2 tsp chicken powder
1 tbsp  tamarind paste (mixed with 3 tbsp water)

Method
1) Arrange brinjal on a steaming plate and sprinkle the olive/vegetable over it. Steam over rapidly boiling water for about 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate.
2) Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok and saute blended/pounded ingredients till aromatic and oil separates, add in tamarind water and sauce ingredients. Stir to mix evenly and taste accordingly and adjust to your preference.
3) Ladle the fried sambal over the steamed brinjal and topped with fried crispy shallots and serve hot.

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