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9 Ottolenghi recipes to make you fall in love with aubergine

by Alice Palmer Brown

published on 31 March 2022

Loved and loathed in equal measure, aubergine can be quite the divisive ingredient. While fans revere its versatility and capacity to absorb bold flavours, for those on the other side of the debate, its texture is often cited as the offending characteristic. Here at The Happy Foodie, we are firmly in the pro aubergine camp and believe that with the right recipe and a little know-how, its crowd-pleasing potential can be realised. Enter Yotam Ottolenghi. In the countless aubergine-centric recipes across his cookbooks, Ottolenghi proves there are myriad ways to reveal the wonder of this misunderstood ingredient and convert even its most passionate opponents. Here are nine of our favourites.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Roasted Aubergine with Anchovies and Oregano

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Roasted Aubergine with Anchovies and Oregano

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Tara Wigley
from Simple

Soft as butter in the middle and crisp on the outside, this easy roasted aubergine dish is elevated with a fragrant, umami bomb of an anchovy and oregano dressing. Perfect as a side to chicken or fish, or as part of a meat-free spread.

Puy Lentil and Aubergine Stew

Puy Lentil and Aubergine Stew

from Simple

This hearty, substantial stew is a batch cooking hero that can be made up to three days in advance and then warmed through. Combining lentils, tender aubergine and aromatic thyme, it makes for a comforting supper with lots of leftovers for your lunchbox.

Chermoula Aubergine with Bulgar and Yoghurt

Chermoula Aubergine with Bulgar and Yoghurt

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

Used in Moroccan and Tunisian cooking, chermoula is a spice paste packed with preserved lemon, herbs and chilli. Its beautifully perfumed flavour pairs perfectly with the more subtle aubergine, which is roasted until tender and finished with a drizzle of yoghurt.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Burnt Aubergine with Tahini

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Burnt Aubergine with Tahini

from Plenty

Expand your dip repertoire with this creamy, nutty aubergine delight from Plenty. Serve as part of a mezze spread, as a side to meat or fish, or add chunks of tomato and cucumber to turn it into a satisfying Middle Eastern salad.

Soba noodles with aubergine and mango

Soba noodles with aubergine and mango

from Plenty

This inventive soba noodle dish combines shallow-fried aubergine with sweet mango and a tart dressing. Perfect if you’re looking for a light, refreshing noodle dish for the warmer months.

Buttermilk Aubergines

Aubergine with Buttermilk Sauce

from Plenty

Studded with pomegranate seeds and finished with Ottolenghi staple ingredient, za’atar, we love to serve this aubergine dish as part of a summery spread or meat-free barbecue.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Stuffed Aubergines in a Curry and Coconut Dal

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Stuffed Aubergines in a Curry and Coconut Dal

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage

One of the most popular recipes in Ottolenghi FLAVOUR , this dish features strips of aubergine wrapped around chunks of paneer (or tofu to make this recipe vegan) and nestled in a creamy coconut dal.

From the book

Ixta Belfrage, Yotam Ottolenghi

Aubergine with Black Garlic

Aubergine with Black Garlic

Black garlic is milder in flavour than its better-known counterpart and along with lemon, dill and tarragon adds depth to this roasted aubergine side dish.

Burnt Aubergine with Yellow Pepper and Red Onion

Burnt Aubergine with Yellow Pepper and Red Onion

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

This bright and colourful dish is packed full of fresh summery flavours including smoky aubergine and crunchy yellow peppers. Paired with parsley, red onion and tomatoes, this recipe is a great addition to a vegetarian barbecue.

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