Baked aubergines stuffed with minced lamb

Baked aubergines stuffed with minced lamb

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(10 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins Plus cooling

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Serves 4
Try serving this with a simple cucumber raita or tzatziki and a crisp green salad

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal340
  • fat21g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre6g
  • protein16g
  • salt0.14g
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  • 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
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    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
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • 1 tsp ground turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 225g lean minced lamb



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 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…


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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24th Oct, 2016
Made this tonight - absolutely delicious. Could taste all of the spices, but nothing too overpowering, and loved the sweet currants and pine nuts. Too the foil off after 30 minutes and baked uncovered for 20 minutes. Perfect. Not dry at all. We'll be having this again!
27th May, 2013
Found this really dry...the taste of the lamb with the spices was fine but the finished dish was just...well...just dry:-(
17th Mar, 2013
Enjoyed this as a Saturday night dinner and both my partner and I loved it. Next time I think I will toast the pine nuts separately before hand to give them more flavour. Served with a little feta and green salad it was lovely.
27th Nov, 2011
13th Mar, 2011
Made this for a Saturday evening dinner - absolutely fantastic! At step 3, on carving out some of the aubergine to create a pocket, I pulped the aubergine I had removed (using a hand blender) and added this to the mince mixture, to minimise wastage which seemed to work well. I also served this dish with some cous cous, which complemented the aubergine and spiced mince perfectly. Will definitely be making this dish more often - 5* from me.
29th Sep, 2009
Made with beef mince and it came out fine.
8th Jul, 2009
Just what I was looking for! An inspiration for family supper just when I needed it! I shall certainly be cooking this again. Many thanks.
6th Aug, 2008
I've made this several times now for my husband and I. It has become a favourite week night supper for us. It's very tasty and quite spicy. I usually serve it with a mint and cucumber raita and green salad. It reheats the next day very well too and the flavours improve.
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