Eggplant, Morroccan-style (Zahlouk)
March 21, 2013 • Category: Main Dish
I know little of the foods of North Africa, so when I saw Chef Zouhair Zairi‘s new book Moorish Fusion Cuisine, I was instantly interested. His book is filled with mouthwatering dishes (around 70) all made with the best and the rarest of ingredients (such as 50-year old Balsamic vinegar and Argan oil). Chef Zairi was inspired by the Moors’ legacy during what was probably the apogee of Islamic civilization as well as by his experience living and working all over the globe.
This dish is a home-style eggplant salad from his mother’s and grandmother’s.
What can I say, besides yogurt, Arab food is about eggplant too!
Recipe adapted from Moorish Fusion Cuisine (Chef Zouhair Zairi)
- 2 eggplants, peeled and cubed
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped and mashed in a mortar
- 3 tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 Tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 Tbs chopped cilantro
- juice 1/2 lemon
- salt, black pepper
- Peel and cut eggplant in cubes; steam eggplant cubes. NOTE: I blackened the eggplant on the stove with the skin on and when the skin was charred all around, set it on a colander, peeled it and drain it.
- Mash eggplant.
- Heat olive oil and fry onion then garlic till soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, eggplant, cumin, paprika; cook over gentle heat till liquid evaporates.
- Add cilantro, salt ,pepper and stir in lemon juice
- Serve with flatbread and olives (best at room temperature).
8 Comments • Comments Feed
Mouthwatering! A tasty combination. Moroccan food is really wonderful…
On March 21, 2013 at 9:04 am
Most definitely eggplant is center focus too!
On March 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm
I love eggplant in any form! And this one sounds so tasty with all spices in it. I’m sure roasting it on the stove gives a great smoky flavor! BTW love the picture of that man grinding a knife, especially the scissors hung on the wall took my attention! Thanks for sharing!
On March 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm
Num, I love eggplant and agree that there is nothing like grilled eggplant… it always tastes better that way. Love the recipe.
On March 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm
I love the idea of charring the eggplants first. What a delicious meal with olives and flatbread!
On March 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm
Christine @ Fresh says:
I love the idea of this dip. It sounds so delicious and would be awesome with fresh pita bread.
On March 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm
Paula Mello says:
I always like to see pictures of people you put here, besides the delicious recipes. It makes me feel at home, so simple and yet so rich in a different culture but still close to my heart and soul.
On March 26, 2013 at 7:41 am
For sure I will make it!!…..I love eggplants!….delicious……..Abrazotes, Marcela
On March 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm