Moroccan Zaalouk

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We try and explore the cuisine of a different country each month in our Blogging Marathon and I try to take up the theme, if only to bake a new kind of bread from a new country every month. This month’s cuisine is Moroccon and as I was browsing through various recipes, I realised how similar it is with Indian cuisine. I found this recipe for an eggplant and tomato salad called Zaalouk which is quite similar to Baingan Bhartha made in India. Coincidentally the husband picked 2 large eggplants on his trip to the supermarket and I decided to kill multiple birds with one stone.

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This is a salad in Moroccan cuisine and is said to go very well with bread. I simply topped it on my toasted homemade bread and I have to tell you it is divine. I would have frowned on having baingan bartha for breakfast but this zaalouk with bread is a treat. The key difference between the two is the amount of tomatoes used in the dish. While we use 1 or 2 tomatoes for an entire eggplant, this dish calls for 3-4 making the taste significantly different, not to mention delicious.

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Recipe adapted from here

Serves 4-5 people

WHAT WE NEED

2 large Eggplants

5-6 Ripe tomatoes

4-5 Garlic cloves

1 tbsp Cumin seeds

1 tsp red chilly powder / paprika

Oil

Salt

Water

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Rub some oil on the eggplants, poke a few holes with a fork and roast them on high flame till they are cooked
  • Remove the skins and mash well
  • Heat 2-3 tsp of oil in a pan and add cumin seeds
  • Finely chop the garlic and add to the pan
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes and chilly powder and let cook for 5-6 minutes on low flame
  • Add the roasted eggplants and mix well
  • Add salt and a little water and simmer for 5-7 minutes
  • Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot
  • Enjoy with some bread!

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This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Moroccan Cuisine’.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. usha says:

    That does look delicious and a nice savory spread for morning toast!

  2. Srivalli Jetti says:

    Sounds awesome sowmya, and imagining the chutney on bread makes me go wow..

  3. I can eat my baingan bharta any time and this sounds so similar to it. I am going to try it with some crusty bread next time I make it.

  4. Jayashree says:

    That looks so creamy and delicious. I could have it for any meal of the day.

  5. Priya Suresh says:

    All time favourite Zaalouk, just love this dip with anything, too tempting.

  6. It looks wonderful though I need to take a pass on eggplants owing to allergies.

  7. Definitely a version of our bharta ! Well I too use a good quantity of tomatoes for my bharta , but seriously this one rocks .

  8. I am sure eggplant lovers will like this – me and that veggie dont communicate 🙂

  9. Pavani says:

    This was one of my picks for the Moroccan theme, but ended making something else. It sounds delicious. I’m going to try this recipe very soon.

  10. Ahh what a Flavorsome dip! Thanks to valli for a such a theme every month we enjoy such a variety of dishes across the world cuisine! this eggplant dip is such a beautiful combination of flavors ❤️

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