Indian baked spiced brinjals

Indian baked spiced brinjals

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • Fat conscious Health conscious
  • 10 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • Post House Blueish White 2010


  • 4 medium brinjals
  • 1 handful coriander, roughly chopped
  • Basmati rice, cooked according to package instructions, for serving
  • 1 handful roasted cashews, roughly chopped
  • Plain, thick yoghurt, for serving
  • Hot sauce (such as harrief), for serving
  • For the spiced oil, mix:
  • 1/3 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 t ground coriander
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 t chilli, crushed
  • Sea salt, to taste

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Halve the brinjals lengthways and place, cut side up, on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Moisten with the spiced oil and bake for 20 minutes or until tender.

Stir the coriander leaves into the hot rice and sprinkle with the cashews.

Serve the brinjals with the cashew-coriander rice and pass around the yoghurt and hot sauce at the table.

Cook's note: Use a ready-prepared spice mix if you like. Harrief is a smokey roasted red pepper sauce from Morocco, available from delis. You can absolutely use your favourite sauce instead or try one of Africa's famous sauces, from harissa to pili-pili.

Phillippa Cheifitz Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz
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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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