5-6 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, cut into thin slivers
1 tsp coriander seeds, roughly ground
2 tsp cumin seeds, freshly ground
1 large tomato chopped OR 1 tbsp tomato paste
1 red chili (or two if you love spicy foods like me)
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp grated ginger
1 tbsp brown sugar
A handful roughly chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
A handful roughly chopped fresh coriander
1½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
1. Grill the aubergines whole over a hot barbecue, directly on the naked flame of a gas hob, or under the grill, turning until the skin of the aubergines is charred and crispy all over and the flesh is soft. Remove from the heat.
2. When cool enough to handle, cut off the tops and peel off the skin, scraping the flesh off the back of the skin if necessary. Roughly chop the aubergine and set aside on the chopping board.
3. Place a large frying pan or saucepan over a medium to high heat. Add the oil and when it is hot but not smoking, add the garlic. Fry for a few seconds until it begins to colour, then add the coriander and cumin seeds.
4. Stir a little and cook for a further 10-20 seconds to bring out the flavour of the spices, then add the chopped aubergine, tomato, soy sauce, sugar, chili, parsley, half of the fresh coriander, and finally the balsamic vinegar. Give everything a thorough stir so that all the ingredients are evenly mixed.
5. Turn the heat to low and continue to cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring every five minutes to scrape off any caramelised bits that have stuck to the bottom of the pan. The aubergine is ready when it is no longer watery.
6. To finish, stir in the remaining coriander and taste for seasoning once more, adding salt if necessary