Eat Aubergine

Roast aubergine salad with chickpeas and tamarind

Aubergine has the power to turn side salads into mains — you’ll love the meaty texture it adds to this hearty Indian recipe.


Calories 208kcals

Fat13g (3.5g saturated)

Protein 6.5g

Carbohydrates17g (8.3g sugars)

Fibre 5.2g

Salt 0.7g



3 tbsp olive oil

1½ tbsp tamarind paste (widely available)

1½ tbsp clear honey

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1½ tsp cumin seeds, lightly toasted in a dry frying pan, then roughly crushed with a pestle and mortar

2 large aubergines, thinly sliced lengthways

1 large red chilli

1 red onion, finely sliced

200g tinned chickpeas, drained

100g rocket leaves

Juice ½ lime

60g feta (optional)



Heat a griddle pan over a fairly high heat or, if using the oven to cook the aubergines, heat to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.

Make the marinade/dressing by mixing together the olive oil, tamarind, honey, garlic, cumin and some salt and cracked black pepper.

Rub half the marinade on the aubergine slices and whole chilli, then cook in the hot griddle pan for around 10 minutes, turning twice, until soft. If using the oven, spread out on a baking sheet and bake for around 15 minutes, turning once.

Once the aubergines are cooked, roughly chop the chilli. Toss the red onion, chickpeas and rocket with the lime juice and remaining dressing in a bowl. Mix in the aubergine and chopped chilli, then serve, sprinkled with crumbled feta if you fancy it.