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Smoky Eggplant – Banghan Bharta

Eggplant – Bangan Bharta

I love Eggplant! This is a quick and easy version. You can prepare this in advance by charring the eggplant ahead of time. I made this using baby tomatoes because they are in season right now and have a nice and sweet flavour that brings some character to the dish, but any tomatoes you have will do! Enjoy!

Recipe:
1 medium sized eggplant
1 tblsp olive oil (or any other cooking oil)

1 medium sized onion, diced
8 baby tomatoes or 1 large tomato, diced
1 tsp garlic minced (or less to taste)
1 green chilli thinly sliced (or more to taste)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp red pepper
1/2 tsp brown sugar
3 tsp fresh coriander for garnish (or 1 tsp minced if available)

1. Make slits in eggplant all around and cover completely in aluminum foil. Roast eggplant in oven at 450 degrees F for 45 min or until charred. Set aside and let cool.

2. Heat oil in medium size pot, add onions until translucent and cooked through. Add green chilli and continue to sautee until golden brown. Add garlic and cook for 2 more min.

3. Add in diced tomatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add all dry spices and brown sugar and cook 5 min more.

4. Scrape out eggplant and add to onion & tomato mixture. Cook uncovered for approx. 10 min.

5. When eggplant is fully mixed with the onions, tomatoes and spices, cover and cook for a further 15 min. Remove lid and add coriander and cook further 5 min until you achieve your desired consistency.

Valentine’s Chic Chocolate Cake

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! What are your plans- fancy big dinner or staying in with a home cooked meal?

We’re staying in this year and celebrating with this simple chocolate cake. It’s a quick 1 bowl dessert, no mess, no fuss and sugar free as it’s sweetened with maple syrup. I hope you enjoy it and let me know how it turns out.

Would love to hear your plans, leave me a note in the comments!

Happy Valentine’s Day!❤


Chic Chocolate Cake Recipe


Ingredients:


2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup dark maple syrup
Pinch of fleur de sel
1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean
3 tbsp flour (or gf flour mix)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 shot prepared espresso

*dehydrated raspberry powder

Method:


• Whip the butter, add the eggs until double in volume.
• Add the maple syrup, fleur de sel and vanilla bean.
• Gently fold in the flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder until combined.
• With the mixer running on the lowest speed, slowly pour in the espresso. Can also be done by hand – gently fold in the espresso with a whisk until smooth.
• Pour into a 9″ baking pan with a removable bottom and bake for 15-20 minutes.
• Remove and let cool.
• Serve with whipped cream, dust with icing sugar or dust with dehydrated crushed raspberries as shown in the photo.

*The cake can also be topped with a ganache frosting (1:1 ratio chocolate + hot whipping cream, let stand and whisk until smooth and cool enough to pour or thickened to spread)

Enjoy!