Harissa Roasted Aubergines with Smashed Tomato Sauce
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Slip into something special for this dinner of aubergine spiced with fiery harissa and served with a cooling yogurt, tomato and turmeric sauce.
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271 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
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  • 2 aubergines
  • ½ tsp harissa
  • 1 red onion
  • A 250g punnet of baby plum tomatoes
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • A 150g pot of 0% Greek style yogurt
  • 2 large handfuls of rocket
From your kitchen
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
You'll need
  • Baking tray
  • A couple of bowls
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Heat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Halve the aubergines lengthways through the stalk. Using a sharp knife, make a criss cross pattern in the aubergine flesh. Take care not to score all the way through to the skin. Place on a baking tray.

  • 2.

    Add ½ tsp harissa to a bowl. Pour in 1 tbsp oil with a pinch of salt. Stir together. Brush this spicy paste all over the flesh of the aubergines.

  • 3.

    Peel and thickly slice the onion. Tumble onto the baking tray alongside the aubergines. Tip on the baby plum tomatoes. Season both with salt and pepper. Slide the tray into the oven and roast for 30 mins.

  • 4.

    After 30 mins, remove the baking tray from the oven. Spoon the tomatoes into a bowl, leaving the other veg on the tray.

  • 5.

    Sprinkle 1 tsp of the turmeric into the bowl of tomatoes. Using a fork, squash everything together to form a rough paste.

  • 6.

    Spoon the yogurt into the bowl of tomatoes and mix together to make your smashed tomato sauce. Taste and add more salt and pepper if it needs it.

  • 7.

    Scatter the rocket onto two plates. Drizzle over ½ tbsp oil. Top each with two aubergine halves and slices of roast onion. Spoon over the smashed tomato sauce and serve, sprinkled with a little extra harissa if you like.

  • Tip

    Hot, hot harissa
    The harissa we’ve sent you is a fiery spice mix that has its origins in Tunisia (although this one is blended in Yorkshire). Half a teaspoon should give you nicely spiced aubergines, but use more or less, depending on how hot you like your meals. Leftover harissa can be stirred into yogurt to make marinades.