Prep 7 mins
Cook 40 mins
Delicious and worthy of company. Modified from Eggplant With Tahini/Labneh Sauce, http://www.greenprophet.com
- 1 large eggplant (or 2 medium)
- cold water
- 1⁄2 lemon, to squeeze (seeds discarded)
- ground cumin
- sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons labneh
- 1 small garlic clove, crushed
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons date syrup
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
- 2 1⁄4 tablespoons tahini
- Grill whole eggplants in the oven turning to char or directly over a flame. The charred taste of flame-grilled eggplant is more authentic.
- Use tongs to turn the eggplant from side to side, ensuring that it’s cooked and soft all over. Place the hot, grilled eggplant in a paper bag or inside a covered dish and allow it to cool slightly. This makes it easier to peel.
- Remove the eggplant to a plate and get a small bowl of cold water ready. When it’s just cool enough to handle by its cap end, wet your fingers and pick off the charred peel.
- Cut it in half horizontally.
- Lay the eggplant down again and press a fork through the flesh, make striations along its length.
- Squeeze some lemon juice over the surface.
- Sprinkle cumin, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, over it.
- Add crushed garlic to labneh and mix very well.
- Drizzle it up and down its length. Criss-cross the surface with a trail of labneh.
- Drizzle it with date syrup and pomegranate molasses. You want only a little sweetness. Drizzle from side to side, or diagonally, so that it makes a pretty pattern.
- Eat while it’s still warm.
This is an utterly delicious way to have eggplant! A little too late I discovered that the recipe calls for labneh, I didn't have any but used some Greek sheep yoghurt instead, and it worked very well. The blend of flavours was extremely well balanced. I'll make this again. Thanks for posting!
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