Rice, Lamb Stuffed Brinjal

    Rice, Lamb Stuffed Brinjal

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    About this recipe: Middle Eastern flavours infuse this delish dish that looks great and takes only 45 mins to make.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 2 medium aubergines, about 325 g each
    • 250 g (1 cup) lamb keema
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 150 g onions, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    • 100 g long-grain rice
    • 300 ml stock or water
    • Salt and black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint or dill
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • To garnish: chopped fresh mint and flat-leaved parsley
    • To serve: dahi

    Directions
    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Meanwhile, cut the brinjals in half lengthways, cut out the flesh, taking care not to puncture the skins, and chop it into 1 cm chunks.
    2. Put the brinjal shells in the boiling water, reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes until they have softened. Remove the shells, then place them cut side down on kitchen paper to drain and pat them dry.
    3. Heat a large nonstick frying pan and dry-fry the minced lamb until it has browned, stirring frequently to break up any lumps. Remove the meat, drain off any fatty juices and wipe the pan clean with kitchen paper.
    4. Heat the oven to 180°C. Add the oil and 2 tablespoons of water to the frying pan and sauté the chopped brinjal flesh, garlic and onions for 5 minutes, or until they have softened. Return the meat to the pan, stir in the coriander, cumin and rice and cook for 1 minute, stirring.
    5. Stir in the stock or water, add seasoning to taste and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the rice has absorbed the liquid. Stir in the mint or dill and parsley, and remove from the heat.
    6. Put the brinjal shells into a shallow ovenproof dish and spoon in the filling, piling it up. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the filling is lightly browned. Serve the brinjal hot, garnished with parsley and mint, and topped with spoonfuls of dahi, if you like.

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