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  2. 2 cups long-grain rice

  3. 2 1/2 teaspoons salt

  4. 1 medium eggplant

  5. 7 tablespoons vegetable oil -- (plus 1 tsp)

  6. 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds

  7. 2 teaspoons yellow split peas

  8. 1/2 whole hot dried red pepper -- (or)

  9. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne

  10. 1 stick cinnamon -- (3/4 inch)

  11. 3 tablespoons dried -- unsweetened coconut

  12. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  13. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric

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  1. This dish is usually served at room temperature, rather like a rice salad. It is tangy and spicy, but not hot, and smells enticingly of roasted coconut.

  2. Put the rice, 3 cups water, and 1 tsp. salt in a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to very, very low, and cook gently for 25 minutes. Turn off heat and let rice sit, covered, for another 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Peel eggplant and dice into 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with 1 tsp. salt. Mix well and set aside for half an hour.

  4. Heat 1 Tblsp. oil in a small cast-iron skillet over a medium flame. When hot, put in the coriander seeds, split peas, red pepper, and cinnamon. Keep stirring. When spices darken by a few shades, remove them with a slotted spoonand placed on a plate lined with a paper towel. Put the dried coconut in the same skillet. Fry, stirring all the time (there will be hardly any oil in the skillet, but that is all right), until the coconut turns a fairly uniform golden-brown color. Remove coconut and place on the paper towel next to the spices.

  5. Heat 5 Tblsp. of oil in a 9 to 10-inch skillet over a medium flame. When hot, add the eggplant. Stir and fry for 5 to 8 minutes or until eggplant is cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm.

  6. Put spices and coconut into an electric coffee grinder and grind as finely as possible. (You can do this with a mortar and pestle, but it does not work very well in a blender.) Leave in the grinder.

  7. Combine the lemon juice, about 1/2 tsp. salt, the turmeric, and 2 Tblsp. water in a small pot. Bring to a boil. Turn heat to very low and simmer gently for about 3 minutes. Turn off heat.

  8. Put the cooked rice in the skillet with the eggplant and stir well to mix. Allow to cool slightly. Dribble 2 Tblsp. oil on the rice and mix well again. Add the coconut-spice mixture, and the lemon-turmeric mixture. Mix again and serve at room temperature.

  9. Serves 4 to 6


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