tablespoon/14 grams black Darjeeling tea leaves.
Brew the tea in hot (190o F/88o C) water for about 3 minutes, then drain through a fine-meshed sieve, pressing hard on the tea leaves to extract as much of the infusion as possible. Set aside.
Char the eggplants on top of the stove or under the broiler if you have an electric stove. Butterfly by splitting them lengthwise, keeping both parts attached. Place in a baking pan and stuff with the tomatoes. Scatter the zucchini and onions over the tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, and grated fresh ginger. Pour the brewed tea over all and bake uncovered at 350o F/177o C, basting occasionally. Cook for about 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Add the chili powder and sugar as desired.
resulting mélange of vegetables is blackish purple with patterns
of light green zucchini and red tomato. Most of the sauce will be absorbed,
but any remaining sauce can be reduced further to a glaze and poured over
4 as a side dish for poultry or lamb or as a light luncheon served with
rice and a salad.