Vitamin-Rich, Fat-Free Yummy Eggplant “Salsa”

I love this recipe for the smoky flavors and because it is fat-free nutrient-rich thanks to the eggplant.

Find out why you should eat more eggplant.

INGREDIENTS
2 large eggplants
1 red onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 inch fresh ginger, chopped
1 green chili, chopped
⅓ cup oil
¼ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon garam masala
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5-6 ripe tomatoes, chopped
3-4 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves

INSTRUCTIONS
Roasting eggplants: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. Place the whole eggplant on the pan, prick with a fork in several places, and rub with olive oil. Roast for 45 to 50 minutes, until the eggplant is very soft when pierced with a knife. Set aside to cool.
Once cool, peel off the charred skin and discard. Roughly chop the eggplant flesh.
Combine the onion, garlic, ginger, and chili in a food processor. Pulse until chopped but not smooth.
Heat oil over medium heat in a heavy bottomed-frying pan. Add the onion mixture and cook until browned. Add all the spices, including the salt and pepper and stir for another minute. Add the chopped tomato and simmer until liquid is reduced, about 10 minutes. Add roasted eggplant to the pan and mash with a wooden spoon. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the chopped cilantro leaves and serve with naan, small toasts, or even veggies to dip.
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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine and Caribbean Travel & Life, Heather is chauffeur to 3 busy kids; the president of her Home and School Association; and VP of Marketing for TipsFromTown. And she's passionate about all 3!

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