Baked Aubergine and Chickpeas


When there’s a magazine lying around in any waiting lounges the first one I would pick would be something related to food (car magazines go next) and I usually try to remember recipes I like and cook it at home the earliest available time. Like this Baked Aubergine and Chickpeas I saw this recipe in a Magazine when we are waiting in a lounge of a clinic here in Auckland. It definitely looks easy, nutritious and definitely good

Ingredients

3 pcs medium sized aubergines, sliced lengthwise
1 pomegranate
400g can chopped tomatoes
400g can chickpeas
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp rubbed basil
juice from 1 lemon juice
flat leaf parsley, for garnishing
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, finely chopped
salt
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil

Method

1. Lightly grease a grill then cook your eggplants for 3-4 minutes on each side, once done set aside.
2. In a pan add olive oil then sauté garlic and onions.
3. Add the chopped tomatoes, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, oregano, basil and lemon juice; simmer in medium heat for 2 minutes.
4. Add the chickpeas then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
5. Place half of the aubergines into a casserole then pour half of the sauce over the top, layer the remaining aubergines then pour the remaining sauce on top.
6. Bake in a 180C preheated oven for 20 minutes.
7. Remove from oven then garnish with chopped parsley and pomegranate.

Tip: For the pomegranate, to remove the seeds easily cut them in half then tap the outer skin with the back of the spoon until all seeds fall off.

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11 thoughts on “Baked Aubergine and Chickpeas

  1. This dish looks so beautiful! I love your addition of Pomengranate because it looks so beautiful but also I love sweet & spicy flavours. My mum is an eggplant lover and I’m sure she’d love to see a new recipe do I’ll forward to her. :)

  2. I cook a lot of eggplant dishes and I have made similar chickpea mixes. Just have never put the two together! What a fun experiment ahead :) !

  3. I am all over this one Raymund! I never would have thought to put pom seeds with this as well. Can’t wait to try this one. I need a good eggplant fix. It’s been too long.

  4. Wow, absolutely gorgeous. Tons of flavors that I don’t normally cook with! This is creative and inspiring. Eggplant is usually tough for me to master but I am going to give it a try with this one!

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