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Eggplant Curry

Nabeel shares the secret for his eggplant curry.

Ginger: So, Nabeel, I really liked that eggplant curry you made the other night. What's in that?

Nabeel: Oh, you did. Okay. It's actually really easy. There's eggplant, and you need some potatoes, some tomatoes, and onions. And a few spices.

Ginger: Okay, what spices?

Nabeel: Well, I use about half a teaspoon of tamery powder, and a teaspoon of coriander powder, red chili and cumin.

Ginger: Are those easy to find at any grocery store?

Nabeel: You can find them at most grocery stores nowadays. If you can't find them at the major ones, you might want to look for an international food store and all of those carry the Indian spices.

Ginger: I have a really small kitchen. What kind of equipment do you need to make it?

Nabeel: Oh, nothing at all. You just need a stove, and you need a sauce pan.

Ginger: Okay, I can handle that. So how do I make it?

Nabeel: Well, first of all, you heat some oil in the sauce pan, and when the oil is hot enough, then you add the chopped onions, and a tablespoon of garlic paste, and a table spoon of ginger paste, and you let those cook for a few minutes, until the onions are turned brown, and then after that you, you add the tomatoes, and let those cook for a bit until the tomatoes have gone soft, and then you add all the spices: the tamery, the red chili, the coriander, the cumin and the salt of course.

And just mix it up well at that point and add some water. The water prevents the spices from burning.

After that, add the potatoes and then add the eggplant, and then pour in about a glass of water and just make sure the tomatoes and the eggplant are covered, and then you turn it to low heat and put the lid on and let it cook for about fifteen minutes.

Ginger: Okay, I'm not much of a cook but I think I can do that. I'll give it a try.

Nabeel: Well, good luck.

Ginger: Thanks. Maybe I'll have you over and let you try it.

Nabeel: Yeah, I'd love that.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

the major ones


If you can't find them at the major ones, you might want to look for an international food store.

In this case, "major" means the biggest and most common.

  1. McDonalds is a major fast food chain store.
  2. A major contributor to drug abuse is violence in the home.



I can handle that.

To "handle" something is to manage it.

  1. I can handle visiting my parents once a week, but not twice.
  2. I can't handle dance practice four times a week and being on the tennis team as well.

not much of


I'm not much of a cook.

In this case, "not much of" means to be not good at something or not do it often.

  1. Tony is not much of a talker, but he's an excellent listener.
  2. I'm not much of a musician, I have no ear for music and no co-ordination.

give it a try


I'll give it a try.

To make an effort to do something, possibly for the first time.

  1. Jamie doesn't like water, but he does like excitement so when Helen suggested white water rafting, he decided to give it a try.
  2. "I've never eaten raw fish before, but I'm in Japan so I'll give it a try" said Gil.

have you over


I'll have you over and let you try it.

To "have someone over" means to invite them to come to your house, usually for a meal or some relaxation time.

  1. Let's have our friends over for Halloween and tell them they must wear a costume.
  2. It's convenient having friends over for dinner, because if they drink too much they can sleep in the spare room and
    don't have to drive home.

Vocabulary Quiz

major • handle • not much of
give it a try • have you over
  1. We would like to for dinner next week.
  2. This project is hard. Can you it?
  3. I am a coffee drinker.
  4. I have never made bread before but I would like to .
  5. He quit is job to go work for a bank.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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