- 4 small, or 8 baby aubergines
Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…
- vegetable oil, for frying
For the filling
- 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1-2 red or green chillies, according to your taste, deseeded and finely chopped
Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…
- 1 tsp sugar
Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…
- 2 tbsp each currants and pine nuts
- 1 tbsp each ground cinnamon and garam masala
Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 225g lean minced lamb
A lamb is a sheep that is under one year old, and is known for its delicate flavour and tender…
- small bunch coriander leaves, finely chopped (leaving some to serve)
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…
- lemon slices, to serve
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
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Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Make the filling: Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based pan, add the onions, garlic and chillies and cook, stirring often, until fragrant. Add the sugar, currants and pine nuts, and fry until the onions are golden. Stir in the ground spices, season, turn off the heat and leave to cool.
Tip the lamb into a bowl. Add the cooled onion and spice mixture, then the coriander, and season. Using your hands, knead the ingredients together until they are well mixed, then set aside.
Cut the aubergines in half, keeping the stalk intact. Heat a thin layer of vegetable oil in the heavy-based pan. Fry the aubergines until they are soft and golden brown all over, about 6-8 mins. Remove with a slotted spoon and place them side-by-side in a baking dish. Using a sharp knife, slit each one lengthways down the middle to form a pocket – don’t cut through the ends or the base. Stuff the lamb filling into each one and place 2-3 slices tomato on top of each one. You can prepare the stuffed aubergines to this stage and chill before cooking, up to a day ahead.
Drizzle a little olive oil over the top, cover the dish with foil and bake for about 40 mins, or until cooked through. Remove from oven and discard foil. Cook again, uncovered, for 10 mins until the tomato has lightly caramelised. To serve, sprinkle a little chopped coriander over the top and squeeze over lemon slices.