Harissa Roasted Eggplant with lentil and Herb Yoghourt

Prep Time: 25
Cooking Time: 40
No of Serves: 4

Recipe courtesy of Jalna

Ingredients

2 teaspoons harissa paste

¼ cup (60mls) + 1 tablespoon olive oil

small brown onion, peeled, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, peeled, crushed

1 cup (200g) green lentils, rinsed

1 cups (750mls) vegetable stock or water

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Salt and cracked black pepper

600g medium size eggplant, halved or cut into 1cm slices

Pomegranate seeds, to garnish

Micro herbs, to serve (optional)

Herb Yoghourt

1 cup (250g) Jalna Greek Yoghourt

¼ cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped, plus extra to serve

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Salt & cracked black pepper, to taste

Nutrition Information (per serve)

Energy 2078 kJ (497 calories)
Protein 19g
Total Fat 28g
Carbohydrates 35g
Saturated Fat 7g
Sugars 10g
Dietary Fibre 12g
Sodium 587mg

Method

  1. Combine harissa paste with ¼ cup oil to allow flavours to develop. Heat a medium saucepan over moderately high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil, add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until just softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add lentils and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes, or until lentils are just cooked.
  3. Stir in chia seeds and lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and leave covered for 10 minutes or until chia has softened and absorbed any excess liquid.
  4. Meanwhile, brush eggplant on both sides with harissa oil. Chargrill eggplant for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden and tender.
  5. Make the Herb Yoghourt by combining all ingredients
  6. Serve lentils topped with eggplant and dollops of herb yoghourt, pomegranate seeds and extra mint leaves.

Tips – Eggplant could also be baked in a moderately hot oven (200o/180oC fan forced). Use Lebanese eggplants, cut in half lengthways.

Eggplant is the voluptuous purple beauty whose skin is rich in anthocyanins, the powerful phytochemicals that help protect the brain and heart from free radical damage. Good source of dietary fibre.