Baked Aubergines with Walnuts

This spicy Greek seasoning is delicious with aubergine, but you could also use it to coat sweet potatoes or parsnips before roasting.

Serves4 Origin Europe
Preparation 30 min Heat rating (Mild)
Cooking 40 min Ease (Easy)
Vegetarian Yes

Ingredients

2 tsp Coriander seeds
2 tsp Cumin seeds
tsp Crushed Bird's Eye Chilli
2-3 large aubergines
Sea salt
4 tbsp olive oil
5 tbsp greek yogurt
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 handful walnuts, toasted
1 small handful coriander leaves

Preparation

Cut the aubergines into 1cm rounds. Sprinkle with salt, leave to drain for 30 minutes, then wash under the cold tap and pat dry. Cook them on a griddle pan or in the oven. If baking, preheat to 240C/475F/gas mark 9. Put a metal cooling rack on a baking sheet and put in the oven to heat up.
In a small pan, toast the cumin and coriander seeds over medium-high heat for a minute or so until they release their fragrance. Tip into a mortar or spice grinder, add the chilli and pound until fine. Brush the aubergine slices with oil and dust with half the spice mixture. If using a griddle pan, place over a high heat until very hot, then cook the slices for four minutes a side. If you're baking them, remove the hot rack, brush with oil and place the slices on the rack. Cook, turning once, for 12 to 15 minutes.
While the aubergine is cooking, whisk the remaining spice mix with the yogurt, garlic and a good pinch of salt. Serve the warm aubergine with yogurt drizzled over the top and scattered with walnuts and coriander.

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