Friday, April 06, 2018

Eggplant Toasts - Toasted Eggplants with pesto, pickles and cheese

While deciding what to cook for E, only choice that popped in my head was Eggless and some bake! Now i didn't want to post a bake recipe in this series. I wanted to keep the theme as simple as possible, where each and every dish can be prepared in every kitchen without any fancy equipments. 
When you are cooking for a mega BM, your mind will be constantly thinking about food based on themes and in this case ours is trained to think in A-Z series too! 😃 So, one such lighting moment, i thought about Eggplant Toasties.
Voila, if only i could hug my brain!😆 One of the best choices in this Breakfast series in this Eggplant Toasts.
I decided to marinate the Eggplants in Ras El Hanout spice mix which i made for the moroccon cuisine. If you dont have the spice, i would highly recomment you to make it, it is awesome spice that comes so handy in many of our regular cooking.  If you are not keen to make it, then go ahead and use red chili powder, coriander powder mixed together or if you have tandori masala, use that.
Once the Eggplants are nicely toasted, the toppings are innumerable. You can use any chutney/spread/pesto along with some veggies or pickles, make it sweet or salty or spicy.  It is a flavor bomb! Do try and let me know how you liked it!
Ingredients
1 large eggplant, cut into thick roundels
4 tbsp mint pesto
4 tbsp labneh/ Curd cheese
Pickled cucumbers
hot sauce and ketchup as per taste

For Marinate
4 tbsp oil
1 tsp ras el hanout spice
1/4 tsp red chili powder

Method
  • Wash and cut eggplants into 1/4 inch thick roundels. In a ziploc bag, add the eggplant slices, add oil and spices to it, shake well to mix well. Refrigerate the eggplants for 3-4 hours minimum. 
  • Heat a tava, add another 1 tsp oil, remove the eggplants from the ziploc, place the roundels on the hot tava, keep the flame simmer, close the pan with a lid and cook for a minute, flip the eggplant and cover cook again for a minute, flip again. Do this until the eggplants looked well browned and crisp. 
  • Remove the cooked eggplants on to a serving plate. Top it with mint pesto, labneh, pickled cucumbers, drizzle some hot sauce and serve it immediately. Enjoy the flavor party in your mouth.
   

23 comments:

  1. Omg !! This is such an irresistible toasts priya , This just a fantastic dish to start a day .. Oh my !! I still in aww how you came up with this amazing breakfast dish with bread and using eggplant init, This can't get more healthier, Love the addition of tang with the pickled cucumber.. Very interesting dish indeed.. Am so tempted priya.. Can imagine the swiped up empty plate must have tasted fabulous looks so irresistible.. Am just out of adjectives to compliment your creation, would love to hug your brain instead :D

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  2. What a lovely way to skip some csrb from our diet. Eggplant is such a versatile dish and works great for many recipes. Looks wonderful Priya!

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  3. Omg, this toast is definitely my kind of food, how prefect and guilt free its looks. Such an amazing dish to make whenever we feel like skipping those usual toasts with breads.

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  4. WOW that is such an innovative dish Priya. Love the base (eggplant, what’s not to like about it), ras el hanout spice blend and the toppings. Yum, yumm and yummy. Lovely guilt free dish.

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  5. I can have eggplant in any avatar. These toasties surely are flavour bombs, with all those amazing toppings. I would happily gobble them fro my breakfast..

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  6. Wow! I so wish I was not allergic to eggplants. Looking at all the possibilities using eggplants, I am starting to wish my allergies away. Fantastic blend of flavors, Priya.

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  7. Like this happy fay breakfast with eggplant and pickled cuckes irresistible they are..

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  8. Oh gosh Priya, that's some idea there!..Yes I strongly say hug your brain girl or get your boys to do..:)..this is indeed such a cool idea!

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  9. Yes you should hug your brain :)) what a innovative recipe , sadly I have to get more innovative and replace eggplants . Super duper roast which I can make for the family .

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  10. That's really an innovative recipe Priya!! And love love love that last pic with the dish done into the tummy! It really says a lot about the dish, right!

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  11. That's an interesting Eggplant recipe that i have come across so far. It looks like a restaurant style dish, love the idea & looks yummy. Surely it's a treat for all eggplant lovers,Priya.

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  12. Pass me over those eggplants Priya. I love eggplants in all forms and these toasted eggplants look just tempting.

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  13. Samepinch for eggplants. I posted a eggplant recipe as well pretty similar one with pesto but in the form of sandwich. :-) Given that I love eggplant, I am definitely gonna try this. :-)

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  14. Wow Priya, such a healthy and yet so flavorful dish. I don't like pickled cucumber but am sure can use fresh cucumber slices. Great recipe and thanks for sharing it.

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  15. Oh I love eggplant I need to try this ASAP! I am one to make it once a week!

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  16. "Enjoy the flavor party in your mouth" lol - this had me giggling. What a great line!

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  17. Eggplant toasts looks delicious Priya, this one is really good for breakfast. Next time when I buy eggplant I am going to give this one a try.

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  18. This sounds fantastic! This is the perfect breakfast for me and my family. I think this recipe will be one of my favorites. I am in love with the colors and how simple and short the ingredient list is. I definitely want to try this, and I'm sure it's very tasty. Thank you for sharing this great recipe! Pinned for later!

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  19. Funny I came across this recipe today. I currently have an eggplant waiting to be made. Will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. What a clever way to use eggplant -- make it into toasts. We do love eggplant and I'm always wanting more ways to serve it. I don't like it deep fried although Hubby does. Can't wait to make this.

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  21. Yes!! I love this .. a little spicy, a little creamy.. a little tart .. gorgeous pics and a very creative recipe

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  22. Yes this is a very clever way to make eggplants. Its' refreshing to see an eggplant recipe used in a different way.

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  23. The idea is super for eggplant lovers and it would work as a snack in our home.

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