Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Chunky Muttabal.... Mood = Colourful

My mother is still not here and i missing here A lot. It is also Ramadan and i usually associate this time of month with her cooking as she really brings out all the stops. Ramadan is a holy month of fasting and cleansing in the Muslim calender and unfortunately i am not able to do it as i am having a few problems with low blood pressure and anaemia. So i have to keep fully nourished. I always try to have at least 5 different kinds of fruit and vegetables in my diet daily. And i figure the more colourful your plate the better it is for you....

Talking about colourful, my mum makes a delicious muttabal. Muttabal is aubergine grilled for smoky flavour and the pureed mixed with garlic, chillies, tahini and lemon. It is also garnished with pomegranate seeds for that extra uuumph! I absolutely love it.

I decided to make my mums recipe but instead of pureeing it, i kept the aubergines nice and chunky and left the skin on which made for a really dramatic look mixed with the herbs and red jewel seeds.


4 medium Aubergines

2 cloves of garlic

half pomegranate

Bunch of parsley

Olive oil

salt pepper

1 red chilli halved and sliced.


* Cut your aubergines in length ways and then again. Cut down the width to make about 6-9 pieces from each half.

* Place on a baking tray and season with salt and olive oil

* Put in a hot oven, 200 degrees and let them roast till tender and cooked through, about 35-40 minutes.

* While the aubergines are roasting make the sauce which you should pour over the aubergines when they are ready.

* Mix the lemon, olive oil, chilli and parsley and season with salt and grated garlic. Mix together and let it infuse for a while.

* When the aubergines are ready, place them on a tray and slather the sauce all over the top and dress with the pomegranate seeds.

Serve and eat quickly as this will soon disappear.

Fresh, healthy, full of flavour and something that you can make in bulk as this tastes better day after day.....


Heavenly Housewife said...

A total feast for the eyes daaaaaahling. I am a desert girl, but this is very tempting for me to make. The pomegranate seeds look like little jewels.
Sorry to hear that your mom is not around with Eid coming around.
Eid Mubarak to you!
*kisses* HH

Sandie {A Bloggable Life} said...

This is a great reminder to eat more colorfully! There is a NYC artist named Tattfoo Tan who designed these great, colorful place mats a few years ago---as a reminder to eat daily foods from all the colors represented on his place mats. This dish reminds me so much of those!

Juliana said...

Wow, what a nice combination...eggplant and pomegranate, the dish looks so pretty and must taste great :-)

Anna Johnston said...

I love the colourful splash with this dish & I agree with you totally, the more colour & drama to a dish, *feast for the eyes* the more your whole body is involved with eating. Love the recipe.
Sorry to hear your Mom isn't with you.

Angie's Recipes said...

What a pretty and delicious looking eggplant dish! The pomegranate seeds are like icing on the cake.
I look forward to your flatbread for gyros. :-))
Have a wonderful day!

Kathryn said...

I am definitely impressed- that looks amazing! If you're interested in entering a Halloween recipe contest, I'd love to see what you come up with! You can go here to learn more about it.

Tasteofbeirut said...

I love this mutabbal and could eat it every day !
lovely colors and flavors!

tigerfish said...

That looks healthful and hearty esp with the pomegranate seeds.

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Ladies this is delicous and so good for you. The pommegranite seeds make this just perfect and take it to another level. You must try it. Thanks for stopping by....

Maria said...

That is a gorgeous dish! I love the combination of eggplant and pomegranate and look forward to trying it soon.