Eggplant is one of the highly recommended food items when on a keto diet. Until recently, I had never tried tasting eggplant not to talk of eating it. In my quest for developing a healthly eating lifestyle, I have chosen to try out some of these foods that I never imagined eating in my life. So far, I have only used it for swallow and I most say it is my best keto-recommended swallow (compared to coconut flour, cabbage fufu, garden egg fufu,). Like most Nigerians, I grew up having different types of soups with swallow as a staple food including garri, fufu, poundo, oatmeal swallow and starch so my eggplant experience is one I have to get used to.
There are other ways you can eat eggplant. You can boil, roast or fry but I'll take it one step at a time.
I have always loved the purple colour of eggplant in the vegetable sections of shops and in pictures. Though I still love the colour, I'm glad it doesn't come out purple after mixing it into swallow. I was taught to basically wash it, blend it, sieve out the water and then put the remnants into a pan. Place it on heat and mix it into swallow (like you are making fufu or starch).
The amount you may end up with may be small after all your effort and time but it still serves the purpose as a healthy swallow. Today I had it with Edikang Ikong Soup. Do I like the taste? I'm indifferent. Will I try it again? Yes I will but I must confess that I still miss my other unhealthy swallows.
So this is my analysis of the fruit, eggplant so let's celebrate the fact that it has negligible amount of carbohydrates and also helps people like me to still eat soups with swallow without 'feeling bad'.