Aubergine Meze


Aubergine is a vegetable I have got to enjoy only recently.   In the past, aubergines used to have some bitterness which has now been bred out of them and we no only need to salt and drain them either.

This aubergine meze is made slightly differently to an aubergine curry even though it uses most of the usual spices.  Cooking it this way seems to give the aubergine a fantastic almost fruity taste.


  • 4 tbls Olive Oil
  • 1 medium aubergine
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup passata
  • 2-3 tbls lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fresh coriander leaves to garnish


1. Roast the cumin seeds in a dry saucepan and set aside.

2. Dice the aubergine into a bowl of cold water.

3.  Heat the Olive oil in a large saucepan and add the aubergines to the oil.   Stir-fry the aubergines  for 3-5 minutes in the olive oil.  Add in the ginger, garlic and the roasted cumin seeds and cook until the garlic has softened. P1180316

4.  Add the salt, turmeric and ground coriander powder.  Add a cup of water and cook until the aubergines have cooked.  Add the passata and lemon juice and cook for  further 2-3 minutes.  P1180317

5.  Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with any Indian bread.  I served mine with bhakhri. P1180321

Do share your aubergine recipes with me.

  • Susan P. Cooper

    Hello Mina. Ive never tried aubergine, so that would be something new for me. Sounds interesting. Always like to try new things. I love your heart shaped bowls. Very cute!

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Susan – Thanks for being a regular visitor. I too fell in love with the heart shaped dish.

  • Lydz

    Hi Minna aubergine peel becomes bitter a few days after harvesting so maybe that is where the bitterness you previously felt came from. I usually peel mine just to be on the safe side or if I am 100% positive that the aubergine I am buying is less than three days old then I cook with the peel coz that is when the bitterness usually sets in from previous experience. I will try out your recipe since I eat aubergine at least 4 days out of 7:)

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Thanks Lydz. The aubergines we get here in the UK are really nice and fresh. And you are right as they get older- the inside doesn’t look that great either.

  • This looks delicious! I’ve only had aubergines a few times and loved them so this would be a great way to introduce them to the family!

    Thanks for linking up to #TBTL

  • Joanna Sormunen

    I love aubergines but I don’t have many recipes to make them. I will pin this so I can try it out at home Thank you!

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