Moroccan Style Eggplant

"A Moroccan style side from Stephanie Alexander, from the book Autumn."
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  • Slice eggplants 2cm thick. Soak in water to which you have added the tablespoon of salt. Leave for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, roast capsicums until skin is charred, place in a plastic or paper bag, close tightly and leave to cool.
  • Lift eggplant from water and steam the slices for 10 minutes. Drain and press lightly with a clean cloth to extract most of the liquid. Chop into 1cm dice and set aside.Roast cumin seeds until fragrant and grind to a coarse powder in a mortar and pestle.
  • Remove skin and seeds from capsicums and chop into 1cm dice. Combine with eggplant.
  • Heat oil in a wide frying-pan and saute the garlic for a minute until it starts to smell delicious. Tip in the eggplant mixture together with the ground cumin, salt and red pepper flakes. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring. Now add the tomato sauce and cook until thick. Taste and adjust seasoning. Dribble in the lemon juice and most of the parsley. Scoop into a flat dish to serve and decorate with the rest of the parsley.
  • Serve warm or cold.

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