This delightful vegetable was a hit in Israel in the sixties and seventies. Now it is re invented into different styles, but remains a simply versatile and delicious food.
We used to make dips, eggplant fritters, eggplant Parmesan style, eggplant a ratatouille casserole, eggplant salads with mayonnaise and spices and even cakes and soups.
Here is a lovely way to make a dish that is quick, stylish and easy to do.
BAKED EGGPLANT,TECHINA AND SPICES
.Take eggplants and wash and prick them . I use half for each person . Do not cut,simply bake in a hot oven Turn them a few times. I place two red and two yellow peppers in the oven as well and a complete garlic cut in half , sprinkled with olive oil. When the eggplants are soft, let them cool for a while and then cut in half, retaining the stalk on the side. Wash the peppers under cold water and skin them, cut into little pieces. Use the garlic cloves to mix with the peppers and techina.
Place the cut egg plants on a large oven dish.
Sauce. Mix the chopped peppers, salt and pepper, mashed garlic cloves. just one or two, three teaspoon of flaked almonds, a teaspoon of pesto, a tablespoon of techina for each eggplant. Mix well and spread over the eggplant. Bake for ten minutes and serve with wholewheat rice and chopped parsley on the side.
Enjoy. You can even put some aside for the next day and warm them up again.
EGGPLANT FRIED AND SPICED.
Cut three eggplants into slices Use wholewheat flour to dip them in with spices. I use turmeric, salt, pepper, chopped spinach and and a dash of curry powder. I beat two eggs and dip the eggplant into the flour and egg mixture and fry in oil for a few minutes. Then I drain them on paper towels and place them in an oven dish with a few cut up onions and shredded cabbage. The onions and cabbage should be steamed for ten minutes to wilt them. Sprinkle olive oil and and grated Bulgarian cheese over it all and bake for ten minutes. Serve with cooked pasta, rice or couscous.
Have fun and remember eat more and more vegetables................experiment and enjoy them in a variety of ways.
Love and light Rona