Do you ever read a recipe and think how interesting it sounds, and then when you go back to make it the recipe some days later, what you have in your head and how you desire it to taste only bears a faint resemblance to the original recipe? This is what happened with this recipe, but I went ahead and made the recipe that I had imagined which turned out super tasty and delicious.
1 large aubergine
1 clove garlic
4 tablespoons / 60 ml of olive oil
1/4 teaspoon / 1.25 ml sea salt
2 cm cube tamarind paste
1 tablespoon / 15ml sugar/ honey / agave syrup
1 tablespoon / 15 ml cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon / 1.25 ml picante smoked pimenton or paprika
fresh coriander leaves, chopped
Break the tamarind paste into as small pieces as you can and put in a small container with about a tablespoon of boiling water. Leave to macerate.
In a pestle and mortar or a small bowl crush the garlic with the salt until you have a paste.
Add the olive oil and mix well.
Cut the aubergine into thickish slices and then brush with the garlicky oil. You can either grill them or bake them in the oven. As you can see I baked mine this time with a sweet potato at 190 C
While the aubergines are cooking and cooling, prepare the dressing.
To the leftover garlicky oil add the rest of the ingredients. The tamarind will need to be mashed into its water and any seeds removed.
Put your aubergine slices into a shallow salad dish, pour over the dressing and gently toss. Leave the salad for half an hour for the aubergine to absorb the dressing, sprinkle over the fresh coriander and enjoy.