Brinjal Croquettes

    30 mins

    Cheese and brinjal mixed together and shallow fried into delicious patties. Here's a fun use for brinjal and a welcome break from baingan ka bhartha!

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    Serves: 5 

    • 2 medium aubergines, peeled and diced
    • 150g grated Gruyère cheese
    • 125g dried breadcrumbs
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • handful chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 250ml olive oil

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Place aubergine in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on medium high for 3 minutes. Turn aubergine over and microwave another 2 minutes. The aubergines should be tender, but cook another 2 minutes if they are not. Drain any liquid from the aubergines and mash.
    2. Combine cheese, breadcrumbs, eggs, parsley, onion, garlic, salt and pepper with the mashed aubergine. Mix well.
    3. Shape the aubergine mixture into patties. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Drop aubergine patties one at a time into pan. Shallow fry both sides of each patty until golden brown, approximately 5 minutes on each side (turn only once). Patties can be frozen before frying and cooked later.


    If you don't have Gruyère to hand, feel free to use Cheddar or any other cheese you wish.

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    Tasty! I used home-grown Japanese eggplants, split them in half, drizzled some olive oil over them and baked them in the oven for 20 minutes at 350°. That gave them a nice roasted flavour. I used a fancy Mexican cheese blend instead of just cheddar and added Italian seasonings and cumin to the cheese mix. I then baked the patties for 20 minutes total, flipping them after 10 minutes. Thanks!  -  31 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I also added an additional 1/2 cup of bread crumbs and I used about 3/4 cup of cheese rather than the full cup. Then I BAKED them for about 20-25 min. at 350 and flipped them once halfway through. Since they started to look more and more like hamburgers, I decided to go with it...I put one of these on a bun with ketchup, lettuce, mayo, tomato, etc. and it was awesome! It tasted just like a regular burger. Thanks for the recipe.  -  29 Mar 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My husband and I both loved them! I halved the recipe since I only had one eggplant. I did not want to fry them, so I "pan fried" them in the oven--I put the oil on a pan and into the oven. When hot and sizzling I added the croquettes, turning half way through cooking. It was a great alternative cooking method. I think next time I'll use a little less oil. I'll be making them again soon!  -  18 Jan 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)