Aubergines & chickpeas with lime & coriander

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Ingredients

Serves 6 as a side or 3 as a main

 

  • 2 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • 2 aubergines, tops removed, sliced in half lengthways, then each half sliced into 3 lengthways and then each strip cut in to 2 so you have long rectangles of aubergine
  • 6 shallots, top and tails removed, peeled
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 5cm fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 400ml tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml water
  • 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 large handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • A pinch of Maldon sea salt

 

You will need a roasting tray, a pestle and mortar, and a small oven proof dish or casserole dish with a lid.

Timings

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Aubergines & chickpeas with lime & coriander

I’ve become slightly addicted to cooking this aubergine dish recently as it goes so well with a variety of mains. I’ve made it as a side with simply cooked hake, lamb kebabs and baked chicken curry with lemongrass and turmeric. However, it stands up equally as well on it’s own as a vegan curry with basmati rice or a naan. What I love about it is the tartness right at the end of the lime juice against the deep, dark, rich tomatoes, aubergines and shallots. The fresh coriander is needed to add the element of freshness and finalise it’s Thai-inspired identity.

Method

Preheat the oven to 180/350/gas 4.

Place the aubergines in the roasting tray with 1 tablespoon of oil and sprinkle with a pinch of Maldon sea salt. Roast for 20 minutes or until they have started to brown and soften.

Meanwhile, place the fennel, cumin and coriander seeds in the pestle and mortar and grind to a coarse powder. Add the whole garlic cloves and chunks of ginger and pound to a paste.

Next, heat a tablespoon of oil in the casserole dish over a medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until brown, stirring from time to time.

Add the coarse paste of spices, garlic, and ginger and stir. Add the chilli slices and stir for 2 minutes to stop it from catching.

Add the tin of tomatoes and stir well, scraping any residual spice from the bottom of the pan.

Add in the water, drained chickpeas, vegetable bouillon, tomato puree, and roasted aubergines.

Bring to a gentle boil and place the lid on top. Cook in the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes. If it looks too dry or sticky, add 50ml water and stir well.

Once it has cooked, squeeze in the lime juice and stir in the chopped coriander leaves and soy sauce. Taste for seasoning and add more Maldon sea salt or lime juice as necessary.

Enjoy!

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This is a lovely bowl of healthfulness with all natural ingredients or culinary processed ingredients. It’s a lovely way of getting lots of vegetables and chickpeas in and is absolutelyΒ delicious as a leftover as the flavours continue to infuse.”

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