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Monday 1 July 2019

The Big Glut Recipe - July

Aubergines in tamarind sauce with baked halloumi and saffron rice

By Sabrina Ghayour from Saturday Kitchen


For the aubergines
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for frying
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 garlic bulb, cloves peeled and smashed
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp runny honey
  • 6 aubergines, halved and cut into large wedges
  • Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
For the baked halloumi
  • 250g/9oz halloumi 
  • 2 tbsp rose harissa
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 lime, juice only 
For the rice
  • 180g/6¼oz basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ large garlic bulb, cloves peeled and thinly sliced
  • Pinch saffron
  • 50g/1¾oz fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter, diced
  • 200g/7oz frozen peas
  • Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 flatbreads, to serve

For the aubergines, heat the vegetable oil in a large sauté pan over a medium heat. Fry the onion for 8–10 minutes, or until browned but not burnt. Add the garlic cloves and cinnamon to the saucepan and cook for a couple of minutes, until the garlic begins to soften. Stir in the tamarind, tomato and honey and season generously with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 1 hour, until the sauce has reduced a little, sweetened and intensified in flavour.

Meanwhile, line a baking tray with a double layer of kitchen paper. Pour enough vegetable oil into a large saucepan to achieve a depth of about 2.5cm/1in. Place the oil over a high heat and once hot, add the aubergine wedges. Fry for 15 minutes, turning occasionally with tongs, until browned and cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to the paper-lined tray to drain. Pat with kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil. Once the sauce has cooked, add the aubergine wedges to the sauce and carefully stir to mix.

For the baked halloumi, preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas Mark 7. Take a large square of kitchen foil and line it with baking paper. Place the halloumi in the centre of the baking paper. Mix the harissa, honey and lime juice together in a small bowl and pour the mixture over the halloumi. Bring the baking paper up around the cheese, repeat with the foil and seal the parcel tightly at the top. Place on a small baking tray and bake for 30 minutes.

For the saffron rice, cook the basmati rice according to the packet instructions. Once cooked, drain and rinse under cold running water. Drain again and set aside.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over a medium–low heat. Add the garlic and fry for 1–2 minutes, or until soft, translucent and golden around the edges. Crumble in the saffron, add the dill and fry for a few minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Stir the butter into the pan until melted and then add the cooked rice. Stir-fry for 2–3 minutes, add the peas and cook for a few more minutes. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for a final 10–15 minutes.

Serve the aubergine with slices of the baked halloumi, the saffron rice and flatbreads.

Recipe courtesy Saturday Kitchen

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