1In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the lemongrass, cilantro, chiles, garlic, ginger, sugar, and turmeric to a paste. Set aside.
2In a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the oil until very hot. Add the eggplant and cook, turning once, until browned on 2 sides, 3–4 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
3In the same pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, then add the paste and shallots. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. Add the coconut milk, stock or water, and fish sauce, and stir well. Add the eggplant, and bring the liquid to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the eggplant is tender but not mushy, about 15 minutes longer.
4Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with cilantro, and serve with rice.
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