Moroccan aubergine soup

Moroccan aubergine soup

Three Sisters Bake
Helen Cathcart

This soup makes a fab flask accompaniment to a bonfire on a damp autumn night. Combining sweet-smoked paprika with smoky charred aubergine creates an amazing flavoursome soup which will warm you down to the tips of your toes. - Gillian


Quantity Ingredient
6 medium eggplants, washed and dried
2 red onions, chopped into 2.5 cm chunks
2 white potatoes, scrubbed and chopped into 2.5 cm chunks
4 carrots, chopped into 1 cm discs
2kg vine tomatoes, quartered and hard cores removed
2 x 400g chopped tomatoes
2 teaspoons sweet-smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon mild curry powder
2 teaspoons salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°c.
  2. Arrange the whole eggplants on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 45 minutes, turning them every 15 minutes. You want to end up with a really smoky taste, which means charring the skin.
  3. Put the chopped onions, potatoes, carrots and vine tomatoes in a heavy-based deep pan. Add the tinned tomatoes and spices, filling one of the empty tomato tins with water and adding this too. Bring to the boil on a high heat, the reduce to a simmer for 25 minutes, uncovered.
  4. Remove the aubergines from the oven and let them cool slightly until you can handle them. Chop the tops off the eggplants, cut them in half lengthways and scoop out the flesh straight into the soup pan, allowing the juices to run into the soup too. Don’t worry if a little of the charred skin gets in – it will add an extra smokiness.
  5. Simmer for a further 5 minutes, allow to cool a little and then liquidize with a hand blender until smooth. Stir in the salt and serve.
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