Roasted aubergine with hemp seed chutney, pomegranate and fresh mint


First published in 2021
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Roasted aubergine

Smashed aubergine


To serve


Lightly toast the fennel seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and dried red chillies in a hot dry pan then grind to a coarse powder


For the smashed aubergine, lightly rub the whole aubergines with a bit of oil and place on a barbecue or open gas flame to char the skins and slowly cook the insides of the aubergines until they start to collapse and soften throughout (around 20 minutes). Once ready, place on a tray and leave to cool


Preheat an oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4


While the aubergines char, make the hemp seed chutney. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz, adding water to achieve a purée consistency. Taste and season with salt then transfer to a squeezy bottle or piping bag


Cut the round Sicilian aubergine into 2.5cm thick rounds, brush with some oil and place on a baking tray. Season them on both sides with the spice mix then place in the oven and roast until soft and golden in colour (about 30-40 minutes)

  • 1 aubergine, ideally Sicilian and round
  • 2 tbsp of sunflower oil

The charred aubergines should now be cool enough to handle. Peel off the burnt black skin and discard. Roughly chop the flesh and mix with the yoghurt, lemon juice, ginger, chillies, cumin seeds, herbs and season to taste


Serve the smashed aubergine on top of the roasted slices and garnish with dots of the chutney, pomegranate seeds, sesame seeds and fresh mint

First published in 2021
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