Spice-crusted aubergines & peppers with pilaf

Spice-crusted aubergines & peppers with pilaf

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4

This recipe is laden with tasty goodness, it's low fat, low calorie, rich in folate, fibre, vitamin C and iron, plus it's a delicious meat-free main course that's 3 of your 5-a-day - what's not to love? 

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal469
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs72g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre16g
  • protein17g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 2 large aubergines, halved



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

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 red peppers, quartered
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp za'atar
  • 4 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 140g puy lentils
  • 140g basmati rice
  • seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • small pack flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • Greek or coconut yogurt, to serve



    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Using a sharp knife, score a diamond pattern into the aubergines. Brush with 1 tbsp of the oil, season well and place on a baking tray, cut-side down. Cook in the oven for 15 mins. Add the peppers to the tray, turn the aubergines over and drizzle everything with the remaining oil. Sprinkle over the spices, 1 tbsp of the pomegranate molasses and a little salt. Roast in the oven for 15 mins more.

  2. Boil the lentils in plenty of water until al dente. After they’ve been boiling for 5 mins, add the rice. Cook for 10 mins or until cooked through but with a bit of bite. Drain and return to the pan, covered with a lid to keep warm.

  3. Stir the pomegranate seeds and parsley through the lentil rice. Divide between four plates or tip onto a large platter. Top with the roasted veg, a dollop of yogurt and the remaining pomegranate molasses drizzled over.

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11th Aug, 2019
A really good dish. There are a few things about it I will experiment with. The first application of molasses rolled right off the veg and the spices. I would consider brushing the veg with molasses before sprinkling on the spices. Would also consider a little less cinnamon and a bit more Zatar. Will make again with a few tweaks.
13th Oct, 2017
I enjoyed this - slightly unusual flavours, tasty and satisfying...
11th May, 2017
Lovely combination.
23rd Apr, 2016
Just did the aubergines as a lunch with some ready roasted peppers and minted yoghurt - fantastic. Very tasty and great with the yoghurt. Will be trying the whole recipe very soon.
17th Jun, 2018
This may seem like a silly question, but what side of the aubergines do I score the the diamond pattern on, and how deep does it have to be?
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19th Jun, 2018
Thanks for your question. Score the diamond pattern into the flesh side of the aubergine, around 1/2 cm depth will be fine. Avoiding breaking the skin on the outside by going through too far. Enjoy!
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