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How to cook aubergine kebabs

Salting the aubergines first means they suck up far less oil from the marinade and is important for the texture, so don’t skip it. Cooking aubergines in thin strips keeps them soft and maximises the surface area, meaning you get more flavour from the spice mixture. Serve with couscous and plenty of yogurt.


  • 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sumac
  • 2 tbsp aleppo pepper flakes (see cook's notes)
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 aubergines, cut lengthways into ½cm slices


  • 4 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra for the onions
  • 4 medium onions, sliced into thick rounds
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • couscous mixed with soft herbs (such as mint and coriander)
  • Greek yogurt, seasoned with salt


  • STEP 1

    Place the Ninja Woodfire on the grill setting and heat to medium, setting the timer for 8 mins. Oil the onions lightly, then place them on the grill and close the lid. At the halfway point, flip and continue cooking for the remaining 4 mins, or until both sides are nicely charred. Roughly chop the onions, then tip into a bowl along with the other salsa ingredients.

  • STEP 2

    Combine the molasses, cumin, cinnamon, sumac, aleppo pepper and olive oil, and mix to a paste. Brush evenly over the aubergine slices and thread them, concertina style, onto six skewers, packing them quite tightly. Don’t worry if they don’t look perfect.

  • STEP 3

    Put the aubergine skewers on the grill and set the timer for 15 mins. Turn every 5 mins or so, basting with any leftover marinade, if you have any. They will be softened and charred. Serve with the onion salsa, herby couscous and Greek yogurt.

Cook's notes

Aleppo pepper, or pul biber, is a dried, crushed, mild red pepper from Turkey. Find in larger supermarkets and online, or use a pinch of dried chilli flakes or mild chilli powder instead. Sumac is dried and coarsely ground berries that has a citrussy flavour. It’s available from larger supermarkets and online.

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