The raw fruit can have a somewhat bitter taste, but becomes tender when cooked and develops a rich, complex flavour. Many recipes advise salting, rinsing and draining of the sliced fruit (known as degorging), to soften it and to reduce the amount of fat absorbed during cooking, but mainly to remove the bitterness of the earlier cultivars. Some modern varieties - including large, purple varieties commonly imported into western Europe - do not need this treatment.
Ajvar is a Serbian roasted eggplant-capsicum mixture, sometimes referred to as vegetarian caviar. It can be mashed or left chunky, depending on personal taste, and served as a relish, vegetable or spread on country-style white bread like pogacha as an appetiser. Its smoky flavour is a great match for grilled or roasted meats, especially lamb.
A popular preparation method is for the eggplant to be baked or broiled over an open flame before peeling, so that the pulp is soft and has a smoky taste. Often, it is eaten as a dip with khubz or pita bread, and is sometimes added to other dishes. It is usually of an earthy light-brown colour.
This is a must have while serving biryani of any form, be it chicken, lamb, shrimp or vegetable. Biryani no doubt, is satisfying by itself. But when accompanied with Baingan Masaledar you enter a whole new world that you never want to leave.
The tangy, garlic-laced yoghurt contrasts nicely with the sweet tomato sauce and tender eggplant. It’s garnished with dried mint (don’t use fresh), which you can find in the spice section of a supermarket or in a Middle Eastern market.
Eggplants are a very common vegetable in the Mediterranean, particularly in Spain. This eggplant dish is great to serve as a tapa or a side dish, especially in spring and summer. It is the perfect make-ahead dish that you can take out a few minutes before serving.
Eggplant can be great on the barbecue. It can also be overcooked and flavourless or undercooked with a soggy spongy texture. This easy recipe uses the power of salt water to guarantee great grilled eggplant — crispy brown on the outside, creamy sweet on the inside, and full of flavour — every time.
This perfect version of a classic Italian meatless dinner, Parmigiana, will quickly become a family favourite. Add a glass of vino for a Sicilian-style date night or a scoop of gelato for a kid-friendly Italian night.
Escalivada is a typical preparation of Catalan cuisine that consists of several types of grilled vegetables, such as eggplants, sweet red peppers, red tomatoes, and sweet onions. Once well cooked on the grill, those vegetables are peeled and sliced in strips, the seeds removed, and seasoned with olive oil and salt, and sometimes with garlic as well.
Hot and numbing refers to a style of dishes featuring the spicy, aromatic and tongue-tingling Sichuan pepper. This recipe has the heat toned down and balanced out with malty black vinegar, sugar and ginger, and uses dried shiitake to produce a deliciously earthy sauce.
Kyopoolu is a popular Bulgarian and Turkish relish made principally from roasted eggplants and garlic. Often capsicum, tomatoes, parsley are added. Kyopolou can be consumed as a bread spread, a condiment, or as a salad.
Malidzano is a traditional Macedonian cream salad made from eggplants, feta cheese, walnuts and spices. It derives its name from the Italian word for eggplant, melanzane . Malidzano is usually served as an appetiser along with bread.
Measurements can differ from country to country, so below we have outlined the measurements that we use at Aussie Taste. There is a dropdown selector you can use to have the recipe converted between metric and imperial. Most recipes have temperatures converted also.
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20°C.
Australian spoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 dessertspoon equals 15 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml.
All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed.
All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified.