Fried Aubergine (Eggplant/Brinjal)

This recipe is enough for one large aubergine – adjust according to how many people you need to feed.

1 egg
2,5ml salt
80ml cornstarch
1 aubergine, cut into 1cm thick slices
250ml panko breadcrumbs
vegetable oil
lemon wedges

Beat/whisk the egg and salt together in a small, shallow bowl and set aside.
Measure the cornstarch into a shallow bowl and the breadcrumbs into another.
Dredge each slice of aubergine in cornstarch, then in egg mixture and then in the breadcrumbs, pressing down onto the crumbed slices to help the breadcrumbs stick.
Place the coated aubergine slices on a wire rack for 20 minutes so that the coating can dry out and set.
Pour about 0,5cm of vegetable oil into a shallow saucepan set over medium-high heat.
Fry the slices in batches for 2 minutes per side.
Transfer to kitchen paper to drain and season with salt and pepper while warm.
Serve the fried aubergine with a squeeze of lemon and a dipping sauce if you like.

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