Although I have been a fan of Nigella for years, I never
tried out any of her recipes until I saw her on MasterChef recently. Brinjals are not a favourite in our
family and eaten under protest when confronted with it. This sounded really good, so since I had some brinjals in my vegetable
basket decided to give it a try with the ingredients I had in my kitchen. The original recipe is from
Mine is different and tastes so good.
500 gms medium sized brinjals- any variety will do; 2 tbsp
olive oil; 2-3 fresh Oregano leaves ( I have then growing on my balcony); 1
medium onion, sliced fine- used the Indian Onions that we always use; 4 tbsp
pomegranate balsamic vinegar that was a gift and just waiting to be used; salt
to taste; 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil; 1 1/2 tbsp cold water; 1 large clove
garlic, minced fine; a few fresh oregano leaves for garnish.
Preheat oven to 225 C.
Slice brinjals in half lengthwise, keeping the stalks on. Mix olive oil
with fresh oregano in a bowl. Place the
eggplants, cut-side down in a baking pan and drizzle the mixture all over. Grill in centre of oven 5-7 minutes each side
until golden brown. Mix onion,
pomegranate balsamic vinegar and salt in a small bowl. Keep aside for 10
minutes. Gently whisk in extra-virgin olive oil, cold water and garlic.
Transfer brinjals to a serving plate. Pour onion dressing over eggplant. Keep
aside for 10 – 15 minutes. Sprinkle
with fresh oregano and serve as an appetiser or side dish. Tastes too good to be true and I can’t wait to make it again!