Ginger and umeboshi aubergines with mango

Ginger and umeboshi aubergines with mango

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Serves
4

The idea for this interesting combination came to me as I was staring blankly at the inside of my fridge with not a whole lot of choice! It’s an incredibly delicious accompaniment to my Broccoli and Mushroom Soba Noodle Bowl, or in fact any lamb dish.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g aubergines
5 tablespoons coconut oil
2 small onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 red chilli, finely chopped
2cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons umeboshi paste
2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar
75ml water
2 small mangoes, peeled, pitted and chopped
sea salt

Method

  1. Cut the aubergines into 1.5cm-thick slices and place them in a glass dish. Sprinkle with sea salt and leave them to sit and sweat for 30 minutes. Towards the end of this time, melt 2 tablespoons of the coconut oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, chilli and ginger and fry for 5–7 minutes. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg and fry for an additional 2 minutes.
  2. Using a clean tea towel or some kitchen roll, wipe the salted aubergines until they are dry. Melt 3 tablespoons of the coconut oil in another frying pan over a medium heat, then fry the aubergines for about 10 minutes until they are golden on both sides. Add more coconut oil if needed. Turn the oven on to its lowest setting, put the aubergines in a baking dish and place in the oven to keep warm.
  3. Reheat the onion mixture over a medium heat, then add the umeboshi paste, coconut palm sugar and 75ml water. Stir well and leave the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor, add the mango and whizz until smooth. Arrange the aubergines on a platter and drizzle the umeboshi and mango sauce over the top.

Note

  • Aubergines are rich in an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid, adept at fighting free radicals.
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