Trim stalk end from eggplant. Cut in 1/2" pieces and place in a colander. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons salt; let stand 30 minutes. Rinse under cold water and drain well.
Heat olive oil in a saucepan. Add eggplant, onion, red pepper and garlic and fry over low heat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in paprika and chili powder and cook gently 2 minutes.
Trim stalk ends from okra and discard. Cut okra in quarters.
Add okra, corn, chicken stock and tomatoes to eggplant mixture. Break up tomatoes with a spoon. Stir in rice, cover and simmer gently 25 minutes or until vegetables and rice are tender.
Add shrimp to mixture and heat through 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with dill sprigs, if desired.
VARIATION: Stir in 2/3 cup half-and-half and heat through just before serving.