Minty Sweet and Sour Eggplant (Aubergine)

Recipe by Chef Kate
READY IN: 40mins




  • Preheat the broiler and position the rack on the top level.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and brush the foil with oil.
  • If using Japanese eggplants, slice on the diagonal 1/3 inch thick.
  • If using Italian eggplants, slice in half lengthwise, and then cut slices 1/3 inch thick.
  • Lay as many as will fit on the baking sheet and brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Broil until lightly browned.
  • Turn and repeat.
  • If you have more slices than will fit on one baking sheet, repeat the process until all slices have been browned.
  • Turn off broiler and pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Toast the cumin seeds in a small saute pan until they darken and give off an aroma.
  • Cool the seeds and place in a bowl with the rest of the seasoning ingredients.
  • Lay the eggplant slices in a baking dish in slightly over-lapping rows or concentric circles. Dribble or brush over each row the seasoning mixture until all slices are used.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. (Result is a lovely casserole/gratin of eggplant to serve as a side.
  • In the alternative, place slices on baking sheet, brush with seasoning mixture and bake till mixture is absorbed. (Result is a canape which can be served on its own).
  • Beware--the aroma is so good you will be tempted to pick one up and eat it to the despair of your fingertips and tongue.
  • As a canape or a side, the eggplant can be served hot or at room temperature.