Grilled Aubergine Cook Masala

Masala Grilled Aubergine

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 5ml (1 tsp) ground cumin
  • 10ml (2 tsp) ground coriander
  • 2.5ml (½ tsp) ground turmeric
  • 2.5ml (½ tsp) salt
  • 2.5ml (½ tsp) red chilli powder
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) tahini
  • 40g (⅓ cup) cashews, ground to a fine powder
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) honey
  • Handful of coriander leaves
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) sesame seeds
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 5ml (1 tsp) rapeseed oil
  • 100ml (3½oz) water
  • 2 large eggplants
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) coconut oil
  • 1.25ml (¼ tsp) salt
  • Plain yogurt, to serve
  • Pomegranate seeds, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 175°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
  2. To make the masala sauce, mix together the cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt, red chilli powder, tahini, cashews, honey, coriander leaves, sesame seeds, lime, rapeseed oil and water in a small mixing bowl. The masala mix should be a paste the consistency of honey that you can layer onto the aubergine.
  3. Slice each aubergine lengthways into 4 slices, each about 1cm (⅓ inch) thick. Place 15ml (1 tbsp) of coconut oil in a large frying pan over a lower heat. Once the oil was melted, place half the slices of aubergine in the pan and sprinkle a little salt over the top.
  4. Leave to cook on a low heat for a few minutes, then turn and cook on the other side.
  5. Transfer to a baking tray and repeat with the remaining oil and slices.
  6. Place the tray of aubergine in the oven for 20 minutes until soft, piercing with a fork to check.
  7. Next, layer the masala mix onto the aubergine slices as evenly as possible, spreading right to the edges, then cook in the oven for another 15 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, preheat the grill.
  9. Cook the aubergine under a hot grill for 5-10 minutes, checking every few minutes to ensure it doesn’t burn.
  10. Serve the aubergine immediately, with a few dollops of yogurt and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds and coriander.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 333
  • Sugar: 12.2 g
  • Sodium: 202 mg
  • Fat: 21.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.7 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 6.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 2 mg