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Sesame Spiced Aubergine

29/11/2012 by Kate in Quick Suppers, Recipes, Vegetarian 0

I never thought there was an easy way to get aubergine lovely and soft without having to go through all the faff of salting and draining it, trying to cook them whole on the flame of the hob and making a right mess of it, or using loads of oil. And then Nic showed me how! This is now one of my favourite mid-week suppers that even I can do in about 15 minutes.

Serves 2

1 medium aubergine, chopped into small dice
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp black sesame seeds
1 tsp white sesame seeds
1 tsp mustard or fenugreek seeds
a few chilli flakes
Sea salt
a little groundnut oil
bulgur wheat
chicken stock
salad leaves and yoghurt to serve

1. Pre-heat the oven to its highest setting. Get a big mixing bowl to marinate the aubergine for a few minutes, using all of the seeds, spices, seasoning and oil, mixing it all up thoroughly.

2. Meanwhile get a pan of water heating up and add a chicken stock cube or concentrate (we like kallo). I have recently found that I seem to get lovely fluffy bulgur wheat by using a wok for this and not too much water so that it all gets absorbed rather than draining at the end. Add the bulgur wheat to the boiling stock and then reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes until cooked.

3. Pop the aubergine cubes into baking dishes (one large or 2 small) and into the oven. As it’s on high it should only take 10-15 minutes to soften and brown just enough. Half way through, give them a toss in the tray.

4.  Serve the bulgur wheat into wide bowls, add the aubergine on top with a few salad leaves, fresh herbs and a spoon of natural or Greek yoghurt.


Health Notes

Aubergine (eggplant) do belong to the nightshade group of foods and so they aren’t suitable for everyone as some people are sensitive to the alkaloids found in them (also include peppers, tomatoes and potatoes) but they are rich in antioxidants, are low in calories and I find are a very sustaining vegetable. Sesame seeds are a litte wonder seed, anti-ageing, packed with energy and said to calm the mind. Chilli is a good fat burning spice, while fennel seeds are good for the digestion, so a great flat tummy club combination.

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