I am back in action after a long hiatus. I took a short break from blogging as i was with my family in India..This trip was was a memorable one as i got a chance to meet some amazing bloggers. We are back with a heavy heart but tons of good memories. Now I am looking forward to next public holiday here. This week I am sharing a lip smacking Steamed Eggplant recipe perfect for the upcoming Chinese New Year.
What is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year is celebrated every year according to the traditional Chinese Calendar. This year it falls on January 25th.In the Chinese astrology, each year is represented by an animal. This is the year of the Metal Rat, which is predicted to be a lucky year. The Rat has the first position in the zodiac. The Rat is a representation of diligence, kindness, and generosity. This is celebrated for 15 days . Lantern festival celebrated with night lantern displays, ends 15 days on the full moon.Check out which Zodiac animal you represent and learn more about this Festival here. Well I represent Dragon. “Dragon babies” are considered to be lucky and have desirable characteristics that supposedly lead to better life outcomes . These 12 Chinese Zodiac animals and their characteristics makes an interesting read.
What is the Tradition followed during this period?
Day 1 – January 25, 2020 The first day of the Metal Rat lunar New Year . The gods of heaven and earth are welcomed and meat is avoided to promote longevity and happiness
On Day 2 : Prayers are sent to the gods and ancestors.
Day 3&4 Son-in-laws pay respect to their bride’s parents.
Day 5 : Named Po Woo, this day is spent at home to welcome the God of Wealth. It is bad luck to visit anyone on this day.
Days 6-10 : The Chinese are now free to visit their loved ones, and pray for good fortune in the temples.
Day 7: The birthday of all humans celebrated with a drink made by the farmers from seven types of vegetable. Raw fish is eaten to promote success, and noodles for longevity.
Day 8: Prayers are sent at midnight from the Fujian people, to Tian Gong, the God of Heaven.
Day 9: Offerings are made to the jade Emperor.
Days 10 to 12: Invites are sent to friends and relatives, to visit for dinner.
On Day 13: Simple foods are eaten so as to detox after rich foods eaten at friends and relatives house.
Day 14: Time is taken for preparation for the Lantern Festival celebration on the 15th night.
Day 15: Jai, a vegetarian dish is enjoyed by the family.(Source)
what is Foodie Monday BlogHop Theme?
This week I suggested the theme for 230th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #ChineseNewYear. Do check out some amazing recipes from my fellow bloggers to celebrate Lunar New Year.
Recipe for Steamed Eggplants (Chinese Style)
2 Medium Size Eggplants (Chinese or Japanese Variety)
1/4 Tsp Sesame Oil
1 Scallion / Green Onion finely chopped
1/2 Tsp Sesame seeds
1 Tsp Minced Ginger
2 Tbsp Chilli Oil (I have used store bought and it is mildly spicy)
1 Bird’s eye chilli (Optional)
2 Tsp Soya Sauce (I have used dark soya sauce)
Salt to Taste
1 Tbsp Sesame Paste
1/2 Tsp Sugar
1 Tsp finely Chopped Green Pepper
3 Garlic Cloves Minced
1 Tbsp Fermented Black Beans (I have used store bought)
Wash and clean the eggplants. Cut them into quarters lengthwise. Steam the eggplants using a steamer for about 10 minutes or until soft. I have steamed them in my rice cooker using a metal steamer. Transfer them on to a bowl.
Heat a wide bottom pan with sesame oil on high heat .Now add fresh ginger and sesame seeds.After 10-15 seconds pour the chilli oil, sesame paste,salt , soya sauce and sugar.Mix well untill combined. The mixture begins to simmer. Next step is to add minced garlic, green peppers,black beans and half of the chopped scallions.Lastly add bird’s eye chilli. You may skip this if you don’t like it to be too spicy.
Pour this Sauce on the Steamed eggplant and serve hot. This is one of the vegetarian dish served as a side, appetizer or even as a complete meal with Rice on Chinese New year.
I love this eggplant recipe. It is a regular dish at my place now.
May this year of Rat bless us all!!!!!!!!!!!!
GONG XI FA CAI!!!!!!!!!!!!