Smoked Aubergine and pepper salad with pomegranate molasses

Smoked aubergine and pepper salad with pomegranate molasses

  • serves 6
  • Easy
Sabrina Ghayour's recipe for sweet and smokey aubergine salad would make the perfect addition to a generous sharing spread. Infused with the flavours of Persia, it's a little bit of middle-Eastern magic for you and your friends to enjoy
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Ingredients

  • aubergine 4 large
  • red pepper 3 large
  • flat-leaf parsley a small bunch, roughly chopped (hold some back for the garnish
  • garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • olive oil 6 tbsp
  • lemon 1/2, juiced
  • ground cinnamon a pinch
  • pomegranate molasses 75ml
  • pomegranate seeds 100g

Method

  • Step 1

    Blister and char the skins of the aubergines and peppers either on a BBQ, under the grill or on the hob, until they crisp and are completely charred. This will take about 20 minutes under a hot grill.

  • Step 2

    Once done, put the aubergines on to a heatproof surface or tray and allow to cool for about 20 minutes until they’re just warm and you’re able to handle them.

  • Step 3

    Put the peppers into a plastic bag and close with a tie allowing them to sweat for about 20 minutes. Once done, the blackened, charred skin should slide easily off the peppers until you’re left with just the roasted flesh. Remove and discard the seeds and stalk, roughly chop the peppers and put into a bowl.

  • Step 4

    Using a large metal spoon, scoop out the flesh of the aubergines and drain off any juice, discarding the charred skin. Chop the flesh into smallish chunks, put in the pepper bowl and mix gently.

  • Step 5

    Add the parsley, crushed garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt and pepper and give all the ingredients a good mix until they’re evenly combined. Serve the aubergine on a wide, flat platter and spread it out. Drizzle generously with pomegranate molasses, scatter with the remaining parsley and finally the pomegranate seeds.

Additional Information

Cook's note: Line the hob with foil to prevent a heavy clean-up as the juices can be messy when charring the aubergine and peppers.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 279
  • Fat 13.4g
  • Saturates 2.2g
  • Carbs 25.3g
  • Sugars 22.9g
  • Fibre 16.4g
  • Protein 6g
  • Salt 0.4g
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