Taste of CyprusLocal FoodAubergine salad with pomegranate and walnuts

Aubergine salad with pomegranate and walnuts

Ingredients

  • 1 kg of large aubergines (2-3 aubergines, weigh them when you buy them)
  • 60 g (About 1/3 cup) strained yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 60 g (4 tablespoons) tahini
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/3 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds + extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons crushed walnuts + a few whole pieces for garnish
  • Salt and pepper

Method

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200 ° C. Remove the aubergine stalks, prick into the aubergines with a skewer or fork and put them in a baked pan with aluminum foil. Bake for about 1 hour until they have softened.

Step 2: Remove the aubergines from the oven and let them cool enough so you can touch them. Then peel them off. Then, cut the pepper and grind it in a blender or mixer, with interrupted motor movements, along with yoghurt, lemon juice, garlic, tahini, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper  until they are homogenised, before they become a puree.

Step 3: Stir in 2 tablespoons of pomegranate and walnuts and serve the eggplant salad in small saucers or bowls, garnished with extra pomegranate and walnut pieces. Accompany with baked pitta.

By chef Pericles Roussounides

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