Aubergine with spicy apricot tabbouleh

Aubergine with spicy apricot tabbouleh

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 1
This aubergine parcel looks very dramatic, but is dead easy

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal503
  • fat36g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre10g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.19g
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  • 25g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • ½ -1 tsp harissa, depending how spicy you like it



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 4 soft dried apricots, roughly chopped



    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • few pinches ground coriander
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 tbsp chickpeas from a can
  • 4 tbsp chopped herbs like mint, coriander and parsley
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 aubergine



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…


  1. Boil the kettle and tip the couscous into a heatproof bowl. Rub in the harissa with your fingers, then stir in the apricots and ground coriander. Pour over 2 ½ tbsp boiling water, cover, then leave the couscous to swell for 5 mins.

  2. When the couscous is cooked, fluff it up with a fork and stir in the spring onion, chickpeas, 2 tbsp chopped herbs, 1 tbsp oil and all but 1 tsp of the lemon juice. Season well and set aside.

  3. Slice a thick slice off the rounded end of the aubergine. Using a small knife and teaspoon, cut and scrape out most of the aubergine flesh until you have a 1-2cm thick shell left (see Tip below for using up the aubergine). Brush inside and out with another tbsp of oil, then tightly pack in the couscous. Return the slice to the bottom of the aubergine to seal, then wrap tightly in two layers of foil. The stuffed aubergine will sit happily for up to a day in the fridge.

  4. Just before you begin barbecuing, mix the remaining herbs with the remaining oil and lemon juice and some seasoning. Sit the aubergine over the coolest part of the barbecue, and cook for about 30 mins, turning. To test if the aubergine is done, stick in a skewer – if the aubergine feels soft and the skewer feels hot when it comes out then it’s ready. To serve, unwrap the aubergine and thickly slice. Sit a few slices on a plate and drizzle with the herby dressing.

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30th Aug, 2011
Made this pretty much to the recipe but added extra apricots and onion. The stuffing mix itself was fantastic so served that as a side salad. However, the whole thing seemed to lose its character and punch when cooked inside the aubergine. Didn't think the flavours bought out the best in each other so would definitely keep them separate and stick with the couscous as its own dish.
27th Jul, 2011
Verrrrry good! I did this in the oven, so I baked the hollowed-out aubergines by themselves for a while first so that it wouldn't take forever for them to cook once they were stuffed. I upped the harissa and the powdered coriander a bit, used fresh mint and coriander for the herbs, and added salt to the stuffing. I served it with the sweet potato & ginger mash (, great combination!
19th Jul, 2010
This is really fun and easy, but I recommend baking the Eggplant and the couscous separately for half the suggested time, and then combining them and cooking until finish.
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