Browned Eggplant (Aubergine) With Yogurt
photo by Chef Nawal
- Ready In:
- 1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil, for oven frying eggplant
- 1 1⁄2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon coriander powder
- Wash eggplant, cut off stem and peel it into stripes.
- Cut crosswise into 2 parts, then cut each part lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick pieces.
- Soak eggplant pieces in warm salted water for about 1/2 hour.
- Put a heavy plate on the pieces to keep them submerged.
- Drain eggplant pieces.
- Brush pieces lightly with olive oil, and arrange them in a cookie sheet in one layer.
- Broil them in the oven, turning once.
- About 10 minutes.
- Mix together yogurt, garlic, salt, cumin and coriander.
- On a flat big platter, arrange eggplant pieces in a single layer (pieces may overlap a little).
- Spoon yogurt mixture all over the eggplant.
- Sprinkle with chili, and garnish with parsley and tomato.
- Serve with warm bread.
- If the amount is more than you can consume in one sitting, refrigerate eggplant pieces and yogurt in two separate containers.
- Combine and garnish just before serving.
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My wife was incredulous, to say the least, that eggplant and yogurt could be paired. But she just rolled her eyes and left me alone. But come dinner time, it was a whole different story. We were both surprised at how wonderful this dish is. We have some vegetarian friends that we'll be trying this with. Soon!
UPDATE: Nice I tried this more healthy version of the trafditional oil laden pan fried recipe and for me who loves eggplant and DD's (5 years old & 19 months) it was yum. I had no olive oil! I used unrefined sunflower oil which I was afraid would impart a taste but it did not all the rest except the spices were organic. probably will have it this way again insha Allah. PREVIOUS COMMENT: Have made this from your cookbook in which it didn't specify olive oil so I used canola. I love eggplant and both DD1 (4 years old) and I liked this a lot. I tried using a coating of white rice flour to not absorb as much oil in your pan fried version (in the book) as we are gluten free but I felt they were too crispy that way, tried a bit without. I served as indicated with cayenne pepper powder in place of chili as that is what I had on hand.
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