Spicy Charred Aubergines

Its meaty texture often makes aubergine the ideal veggie option for the grill. Serve it along with tahini yoghurt for a winning starter
Spicy Charred Aubergines
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Spicy Charred Aubergines
September 17, 2019
Preparation Time 10 minutes
Cooking Time 20 minutes
PHOTO BY Katelyn Allegra
RECIPE BY Katelyn Allegra
FOOD STYLING BY Katelyn Allegra & Cassandra Upton


4 large aubergines
Olive oil, for drizzling
2 tbsp sumac, plus extra for sprinkling

For the tahini yoghurt

¼ cup tahini
¼ cup plain yoghurt
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp spinneysFOOD Salt, plus extra for seasoning
½ tsp sumac
1 tbsp olive oil
spinneysFOOD Whole Black Pepper, freshly ground, to season

To serve

Pearl couscous, cooked
Feta cheese
4 pita breads, toasted
spinneysFOOD Fresh Parsley, chopped
2 tbsp walnuts, chopped
A handful of spinneysFOOD Fresh Pomegranate Jewels


  • 1

    Slice the aubergines in half lengthways, then score the flesh with a knife, cutting deep into the flesh without piercing the skin. Make diagonal cuts about an inch apart and then repeat in the other direction, so you have a diamond pattern.

  • 2

    Drizzle with olive oil and grill over hot coals, turning regularly until soft.

  • 3

    Remove from the heat and sprinkle with the sumac.

  • 4

    Combine all the ingredients for the tahini yoghurt and season well.

  • 5

    Serve the aubergines with the yoghurt sauce, pearl couscous, feta cheese and pita bread. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, walnuts and pomegranate seeds.


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