2 lb medium ripe eggplants
5 medium shallot onions
5 medium carrots
5 medium sweet tomatoes
1-2 tbsp tomato pasteMethod:
Peel onions and carrots, and cut them into small pieces (or grate them).
Cut eggplants. Remove the ends, and cut into 1” cubes.
Soak them in cold salted water for 10 minutes, then drain.
Simmer the eggplants, carrots, and onions on separate skillets with 1 tbsp vegetable oil on each one until they reach mild consistency.
Remove tomato skins, cut them into 1-inch cubes, and simmer them on a separate skillet to remove extra juice.
Grate eggplants, onions, and carrots together.
Add tomato paste (to improve caviar’s color), tomatoes, salt and sugar.
You have to add salt and sugar on your taste. The procedure is: add a pinch of salt, mix well, and try. Then, add a pinch of sugar, stir well, and try. And so on, until the taste of the mix is pleasing.
Place the mix in a deep skillet, and simmer with low heating for 15 minutes more.
Stir continuously to avoid overcooking.
Caviar has to neither be thick or thin. If it is thick, add more tomato paste, stir well, and simmer for 2 minutes. If it is thin, simmer 5 minutes more, to evaporate extra juice.Note:
You can serve it immediately as an appetizer, or as a garnish to potatoes.
Or, you can make preserves.