Ohitashi Eggplant, Zucchini and Bell Pepper

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Japanese people love dashi. Also love soy sauce.Ohitashi is a dish in which cooked vegetables are soaked in a sauce made of dashi and soy sauce.

Ohitashi can be made with a variety of vegetables. For example, spinach.
And there are many ways to cook ohitashi. Nibitashi is a dish of boiled vegetables, and yaki-bitashi is a dish of grilled vegetables. This is a recipe for yaki-bitashi.

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Ohitashi Eggplant, Zucchini and Bell Pepper

Cooked vegetables soaked in dashi based sauce is called “ohitashi”. This recipe is “yaki-bitashi,” grilled(yaki) and soaked(hitashi) vege.
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Rest After Cook 10 mins
Keyword Side, Salad
Servings 2 people
INGREDIENTS
  • eggplant 100 g
  • zucchini 100 g
  • green pepper (*1) 50 g
  • sweet red pepper (*1) 50 g
  • sesame oil 1 Tbsp
  • water 50 mL
  • soy sauce 1 Tbsp
  • brown sugar 1/2 Tbsp
  • dashi powder (*2) 1/4 tsp
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Cut eggplant, zucchini, and red pepper into thin strips about 5 cm long.
  • Cut several slits in the green pepper (*1).
  • Add half of the sesame oil to a frying pan and heat over medium heat.
  • Add eggplant and zucchini and saute well, letting the oil soak in.
  • When the eggplant and zucchini are nearly cooked, add the remaining sesame oil and add the green pepper and sweet red pepper.
  • Stir-fry until browned.
  • Add all seasonings (*2) to the pan.
  • Bring to a boil and turn off the heat.
  • Leave for about 10 minutes to let the seasoning soak in (*3).
NOTES
*1
Although green peppers can be eaten with their seeds, it is difficult to soak up the flavor if they are left as they are, so make slits in them.
For more information about green peppers, sweet red peppers, and paprika, please refer to this article.
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*2
Please check this article to get to know the difference between dashi powder and ajinomoto.
All About Dashi Powder
Is dashi powder same as ajinomoto? NO! Dashi powder is an instant soup stock, while ajinomoto is a type of salt or sugar. What does that mean?
 
*3
This is a recipe for mentsuyu.
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This is a recipe for Mentsuyu and Tentsuyu, Soba, Udon and Tempura dipping soup without mirin or sake. You can use dashi soup and powder.
 
*4
Lightly press the green peppers in the liquid to help the flavor soak through the slits.
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