We love eggplant dip. Given my abundance of chili peppers, I decided to try a spicy roasted eggplant dip. My recipe is an adaptation of a classic Indian Eggplant Curry. My version is less spicy and suitable for a younger crowd. I’ve considerably reduced the number of chili peppers and spices used in a classic Indian curry. This recipe also takes the extra step of roasting the eggplant before sautéing the flesh with the other ingredients. It really is worth the extra step as the oven and grill impart a smoky flavor to the eggplant making all the difference. It is versatile enough to either serve chunky or mixed for a more velvety texture. The chili pepper doesn’t crowd out the eggplant taste and with only a couple of spices this dip will easily become a favorite.

Eggplant Dip from Jas in France

Eggplant Dip from Jas in France

Simple Spicy Roasted Eggplant Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil plus more for roasting
  • 1 small onion chopped fine
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-2 red hot chili peppers (depending on how hot you like it)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger paste
  • 1/4 tsp curcuma (or turmeric)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • dash of chili pepper
  • 1-2 tomatoes diced (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
  • salt, pepper and a dash of sugar
  • coriander or parsley optional

Directions

  • Start by roasting the eggplant. Cut the eggplant in half, drizzle with olive oil and put on tray lined with aluminum foil previously oiled. Roast the eggplant for about 20-30 minutes, or until soft in the middle. Turn the oven to grill and grill the eggplant for about 5 minutes or until the outer skin is bubbling and the flesh has darkened. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, remove the charred skin from the eggplant saving only the flesh set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in the pan and sauté the onion until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger and the chopped chili pepper and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the spices stir for a couple of minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Cool. The dip is ready for use but for a smoother texture mix on high for a couple of minutes.
  • Serve with bread, bread sticks, biscuits or other vegetables!
 Simple Spicy Roasted Eggplant Dip Recipes

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