Smoky Aubergine Crush
Spice Kitchen - Asian

Smoky Aubergine Crush

This delicious aubergine side makes the perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes, but works especially well with Indian or Middle Eastern cuisine.


  • 2 whole aubergines
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1⁄2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp coriander, finely chopped Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Cook the aubergine by placing them whole over an open flame on the hob, turning regularly until it’s soft and mushy. Remove from the heat and keep in a container until needed.
  2. Once cooled, peel the skin off and mash it with a fork or finely chop with a knife.
  3. In a large pan, heat 2 tbsp oil and sauté the cumin and red chilli until sizzling, then add the ginger, garlic and onion and cook until soft and lightly browned.
  4. Add the Kashmiri chilli powder and ground coriander and cook for a minute before adding the chopped tomato. Continue cooking until the tomato has broken down and is soft and mushy.
  5. Finally add the mashed aubergine, salt and garam masala.
  6. Cook for a further 5 minutes and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice.

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