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miso grilled aubergine

Nasu dengaku (miso grilled aubergine)

Published: March 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + chilling
  • A little effort
  • Serves 4 as a starter

This riff on sweet 'n' sour miso grilled aubergine from Kurobuta, a tiny café-like space on Chelsea’s King’s Road, makes the perfect starter or side dish that looks impressive but is actually very easy

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal254
saturates2.1g
protein4.4g
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Enjoy these miso grilled aubergines, then check out more aubergine recipes such as our smoky miso aubergines.

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Japanese rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp  caster sugar
  • a small piece (optional) kombu
  • ½ yuzu, zested or 1 tsp juice (or use lime zest)
  • 1 white radish (mooli), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large  aubergine
  • for deep frying oil
  • 50ml (see below)  den miso
  • 50g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • a pinch sesame seeds
  • a pinch  sansho or Szechuan pepper
  • to serve  lemon wedges
  • 100g brown miso paste
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 40ml sake
  • 40ml  mirin

Method

  • STEP 1

    To make the den miso, whisk the ingredients together until smooth.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the vinegar, sugar, kombu and yuzu until the sugar dissolves. Season with salt. Toss the mooli with the mix, allow to cool, and chill for an hour.

  • STEP 3

    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Peel the aubergine, and cut into 3cm chunks. Heat the oil in a pan, no more than 2/3 full, to 180C or until a piece of bread browns in 20 seconds. Fry the aubergine until golden, about 3 minutes. Drain well on kitchen paper.

  • STEP 4

    Coat the fried aubergine generously in the den miso, put onto a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 2-4 minutes until the den miso caramelises – keep your eye on it as the sugar will burn quite easily. Drain it again on kitchen paper before putting it on a serving plate. Scatter with chopped walnuts, sesame seeds, and a pinch of sansho pepper. Serve with the mooli and lemon.

Check out more delicious aubergine recipes...

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