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Baked Aubergine with Pomegranate

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 aubergines

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp olive oil 

  • 1 pomegranate

  • A pinch of ground sumac, to garnish 

For the tomato sauce

  • 8 ripe vine tomatoes, roughly chopped

  • 4 shallots, roughly chopped

  • 1 fresh red chilli, seeded and roughly chopped

  • 1 celery stick, roughly chopped

  • 5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

  • A handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves picked

For the yogurt dressing

  • 1 tbsp plain soya yogurt

  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

  • A handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped

  • A handful of fresh mint, finely chopped, plus

  • Extra leaves to garnish

  • Salt and pepper

METHOD:

1. Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. 

2. Cut the aubergines lengthways in half. Score the flesh in a diamond pattern, cutting about 1cm deep. Sprinkle with the paprika and some salt and pepper, and drizzle the olive oil over the flesh. Place the aubergine halves, cut side up, on a baking tray and bake in the heated oven for 25 minutes until completely soft.

3. Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blitz for 
30 seconds to create a chunky mixture. Transfer to a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer on a medium/low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Mix the yogurt with the lemon zest and juice, coriander and mint. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

5. Next remove the seeds from the pomegranate. Cut it in half and place the halves cut side down on some kitchen paper. Gently tap them with a wooden spoon until all the seeds have fallen out. You will have to remove some of the skin that has fallen out too.

6. To serve, place two aubergine halves on each plate. Top with tomato sauce, then yogurt dressing and, finally, pomegranate seeds. Garnish with mint leaves and sumac. 

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