Harissa Spiced Eggplant with Coriander Gremolata is an easy vegan appetiser that combines earthy eggplants and sweet apricots with a robust harissa glaze and a fresh coriander topping.
I want to tell you guys a story. This is about Manish and I. When we used to go for dates back in the days, eleven or so years back, we were both students. So our dates were so incredibly cheap. And back in those days we would often only eat vegetarian food since they were just the most affordable places to go to. But funny thing is, eleven years later, we still love going out for vegetarian food on dates. So I drew inspiration from there and I have created a three part Valentine’s Day Menu for all the veggie lovers among us. Today is the appetiser.
Today’s recipe calls for dried apricots. I cannot even begin to tell you how cheap, useful and healthy it is to make your own dried apricots. Try the hack by downloading my easy guide. I will mail it to you right now.
This is part one of my easy Valentine’s Day Menu for Veggie Lovers. Do not miss out on the delicious main; my one-pot Mushroom Pilaf. It’s a delicately flavoured rice that combines earthy mushrooms and fresh peas for a complete meal. And end the meal with my fabulous White Chocolate Coconut Truffles with Rose Jam.
THE VIDEO OF HARISSA SPICED EGGPLANT WITH CORIANDER GREMOLATA:
Guys, I am battling a super duper flu. I have had to take a sick day. Just cooking comfort food and watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. You know taking the sick day. So although, I try my level best, my voice is completely down in the video. Excuse that please.
That being said, there is very little to do for the first course of my easy three course Valentine’s day menu. The appetiser comes together with just an easy glaze that you scrounge up in a minute or so. After that it’s about coating and tossing and roasting the eggplant and topping it all off with the zestiest gremolata you have made. If you have never worked with harissa paste or made a gremolata ever, do not worry; my video covers it all. So have a watch and then we will chat further.
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EGGPLANTS AND APRICOTS ARE SUCH A DELIGHT:
I am sure I am not alone in saying this. I love North African, Turkish and Middle Eastern flavours in my food. There is something so earthy and yet fresh about these cuisines. When I went to Istanbul I fell in love with all the spices and the beautiful mix of fruits and vegetables that they brought about in their dishes. Fruits, honey and nuts. Oh my!
Those experiences gave me the idea towards a fresher take on an eggplant appetiser, which has the rich round flavours of apricots and harissa. In the end I add a zing of gremolata to finish the dish.
I love my traditional gremolata with parsley just as much as the next person. There is no reason to stop at parsley though. Just as you can make a pesto using any greens, nuts and cheese, I believe you can work with gremolata the same way. Coriander is such a delicate yet distinct herb. It adds a burst of fresh energy to anything that you might want to have.
So in my opinion, just try this new gremolata and marvel at what can be achieved once you break the mould. Oh one last thing, if you are worried about the garlic in the dish and thinking, how can I have that on a date? Well trust me, that would never be a problem after the first bite.
Guys, so I hope you have the most wonderful date ever if you are celebrating. And if you are not, there is always a good reason to have delicious food right? Let’s crack on with the appetiser recipe then and after that you can check out on the main course, my one-pot mushroom pilaf. After that I will bring you guys the dessert. Think white chocolate heaven!
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- 10gm Coconut Oil
- ½tsp Dried Thyme
- ½tsp Whole Caraway Seeds
- 20gm Harissa Paste
- 5ml Apple Cider Vinegar
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- 400gm Eggplant, skin-on, cut in to medium chunks
- 60gm Dried Apricot, cut into strips
- 20gm Coriander Leaves
- 10gm Garlic
- ½ lemon
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 180°
- Combine all the ingredients for the glaze.
- Transfer the eggplant and apricot in to an oven safe pan and coat with the glaze. Roast in the oven until eggplant is fork tender.
- For the gremolata, chop the coriander and garlic finely in to each other. Mix with lemon and seasonings.
- Once the eggplant is roasted toss with the gremolata and serve hot.
By the way, a disclaimer: Although I have used Mina harissa for this recipe, I am not sponsored or have any affiliations with them. I have used the brand cause that's what I had in my pantry. Please use whichever harissa paste you have at hand, store-bought or home-made.
This is part one of the Valentine's Day Menu for Veggie Lovers.
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I know, not all of your are veggie inclined. Fret not. I have got your covered. I have created an alternate menu plan in my Valentine’s Edition monthly round-up. It’s filled with all of the traditional dishes that you come to expect. However, keeping with the ethos of my cooking style, the recipes are easy to replicate, made from scratch and are absolutely delicious.
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