September 15, 2010

Aubergine with yogurt (buttermilk) sauce

Aubergine with yogurt(buttermilk) sauce -
A simple and So good Israeli Chef's dish !

Aubergine with buttermilk sauce
/Yotam Ottolenghi מתכון החצילים של יותם אוטולנגי

2 large and long aubergines
75ml olive oil
Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pomegranate
1 tsp za'atar -I didn't add
A few sprigs fresh lemon thyme - I didn't add
For the sauce :
140ml buttermilk - I use only yogurt
100g Greek yogurt
1½ tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle to finish off
1 small garlic clove, crushed (2 will be better)
Pinch salt
H O W :

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Wash the aubergines and cut them in two lengthways through the green stalk .
Make three or four deep parallel incisions in the cut side of the aubergine, taking care not to cut as far as the skin.
Then, at a 45-degree angle to these cuts, make four more, to create a diamond pattern [like this:<>].

Put the aubergines, cut side up, on an oven tray lined with baking parchment and brush with the oil.

Keep on brushing until all the oil has soaked into the flesh. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast for 35-40 minutes, at which point the flesh should be soft, flavoursome and well browned. Remove and leave to cool.

Just after baking ..

While the aubergines are in the oven, cut the pomegranate in two horizontally. Hold one half over a bowl, the cut side facing your palm, and with the back of a wooden spoon gently knock on the skin.

Continue beating with increasing power until the seeds start falling into the bowl.
Once all are out, sift through the seeds to remove any white skin bits. For the sauce, simply whisk together all the ingredients, taste for seasoning and keep cold until needed.

To serve, put an aubergine half on a plate, flesh side up. Spoon over lots of sauce without covering the stalk, sprinkle on lots of pomegranate seeds and some za'atar, garnish with lemon thyme and finish with a drizzle of oil.
Full recipe -
· Yotam Ottolenghi is chef/patron of Ottolenghi in London

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cybil said...

Looks beautiful!

Chanita Harel said...

Thank you !

Maria @ ScandiFoodie said...

I was going to make this from Ottolenghi's cookbook. Looks lovely!

Chanita Harel said...

Thank you and Bon Appétit .
I love you Food Blog :)

Wassernixe said...

I'm searching for some aubergine recipes and I'm happy to find this one. It's looks fantastic :) thank you

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am a member of freshloaf and followed your blog from there. I just love this recipe, and would like to try it but never came across aubergine?! :) Is it actually eggplant? At least that's what it looks like to me!

Chanita Harel חני הראל said...

Hi !
Yes it's the same. it is an eggplant.
I'm glad, thank you for visiting me here.

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