3 large eggplant

vegetable or olive oil, for frying

1 tbsp garlic infused oil

½ tsp turmeric

3 large ripe tomatoes, quartered

2 tbsp tomato purée

½ tsp caster sugar

1½ tsp crushed sea salt

2 large free-range eggs, beaten

Gluten free  flatbread, to serve


The most authentic way to prepare the eggplant is to blister them whole over an open flame (either on a barbecue or over a domestic gas hob) until blackened and the flesh has softened right through to the centre.

Alternatively, to bake them, preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Place the eggplant in a roasting tin and roast them whole in the oven 40-45 minutes.

Meanwhile put a good drizzle of oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and slowly cook the turmeric for 2-3 mins.

Add the tomatoes to the pan and cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until they break down and are cooked through, then turn off the heat and set the pan aside.

Once the eggplant are cooked, score the eggplant skin from stalk to base and scoop out the flesh using a large spoon. Stir this into the garlic infused oil and tomatoes. Place the pan over a medium-high heat and cook through for a few minutes, mashing a little as you go. Lastly, add the tomato purée, sugar and sea salt, stir well and cook for a further 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the mixture from browning.

Make lots of little holes in the eggplant mixture and pour the beaten eggs straight into the pan, but do not stir in the egg. You want to ensure the eggs are cooking and solidifying before you incorporate them, they take about 5-6 minutes to become opaque. Once cooked, give the mixture one final stir and remove the pan from the heat. Leave the mixture to cool for 20 minutes, as this dish is best served warm rather than piping hot. Garnish with walnut pieces and serve with gluten free flatbread.

Recipe adapted from: Good Food

Vegetarian Gluten Free and Low FODMAP Recipe -  Smoked Eggplant (mirza ghasemi)
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