Recipe for Japanese Braised Eggplant


2 medium eggplants
1/2 cup dry sherry
1/3 cup tamari soy sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 cup vegetable oil
8 oz tempeh, cubed
2 1/2 cup chopped onions
2 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
4 cup sliced mushrooms
3 tablespoon tomato paste
1 salt to taste
1 brown rice
1 chopped scallions
1 toasted seasme seeds


Leaving stems on, cut eggplants in half lengthwise. Mix together the sherry, soy sauce & molasses. Oil a baking pan. Pour sherry mixture into pan, place eggplant slices face down, cover tightly & bake at 350F for 45 minutes.

Brown cubed tempeh, 1/2c of onions, 1 ts fennel & cayenne in oil for 20 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning. In a separate pot, saute remaining onion, coriander, remaining fennel till onions are transluscent. Add peppers & mushrooms & saute 15 to 20 minutes.

With a slotted spoon, lift tempeh & onions from oil & stir into sauted vegetables. Stir in tomato paste & 2 tb braising liquid from eggplant pan. Salt filling.

Turn eggplant halves over, carefully mash pulp & push to sides leaving a hollow centre. Fill each hollow with 1/4 of filling. Cover pan tightly & bake at 350F for 20 minutes til piping hot.

Serve on bed of rice, pour over some juiice from baking pan & sprinkle with scallions & sesame seeds.

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