Unlike the eggplant dip I made, this one’s prettier and can be made in significantly less time.
- 1 large eggplant, trimmed and cut into ¾-inch cubes
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, cut into medium dice
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon teaspoon garam masala
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Place eggplant on a large rimmed baking sheet; drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and toss to coat. Place on bottom oven rack; turn oven to 400 degrees and roast eggplant until bottoms are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Stir, return to oven, and continue to roast until well browned, about 5 minutes longer.
- About 15 minutes into roasting, heat remaining oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; continue to sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add spices; continue to cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds longer. Add tomatoes, eggplant, and ½ cup of water. Simmer, partially covered, to blend flavors, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro and season to taste with salt. (Can be covered and refrigerated up to 5 days) Serve warm or at room temperature with warm naan or pita bread
Cindy Scam says
Hey Sharon…this looks great! One question…what is garam masala??
hey cindy! garam masala is an indian spice mix. you can buy it in the spice section at most grocery stores, and it’s a killer way to add lots of different flavor without having to use like 12 different spices.
sandy ray oldfield says
oh, sharon, you’re a girl after my own heart! i LOVE cilantro and could eat it as an entree, too. i’m enjoying your middle eastern creations.
Any partner who won’t eat leftovers should be preparing their own food while you enjoy a second time around meal. Why are women still the sole preparers of food? If we all fell over dead, would they just sit there with the remote in their hands and starve to death? Maybe their mothers let them dictate what they were willing to eat, but you are not their mother!! And they are no longer children. Are they????
I love eggplant. I can’t wait to try this dip. Great spices involved!
Mmm, love eggplant! Sounds delicious!
I haven’t cooked much with eggplant, but since you’ve used it in a dip, I’ll have to try it! Looks yummy!
Cookin' Canuck says
Great flavors in this! Garam masala always adds a wonderful punch of flavor.
Jen @ How To: Simplify says
This eggplant dip looks tasty!