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Vietnamese Salt and Pepper Eggplant

2 eggplants
75 g plain flour
100 g rice flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup soda water
2 limes
3 tablespoons pepper
3 tablespoons salt
2 cups oil


mix freshly ground pepper and salt together set aside. peel eggplant and slice into finger sized pieces - not too thick. sift and mix flours with baking soda. add iced soda water slowly till consistency of pouring cream. heat oil in wok or deep fryer. dust eggplant with flour dip in batter thin coating fry in batches till golden. sprinkle with salt n pepper mixture. serve with wedges of limes optional add egg to flour for softer batter. add chili to batter for extra zing.

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