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Spiced Brinjal Dip


3–4 medium brinjals (about 750g) 1 onion, chopped 3T sunflower oil 2–3 garlic cloves, chopped 1–2 hot red chillies, chopped 1t ground turmeric 1t ground cumin 1/2 cup coriander leaves, washed and dried 2T fresh lemon juice salt to taste   For the flatbread 250g cake flour 1t salt 1t sugar 2t instant yeast 2T vegetable oil 3T low-fat yoghurt, beaten 1 small egg, beaten about 4–5T water, for binding oil, for brushing cumin or nigella seeds, for sprinkling (from speciality food stores)  


Prick the brinjals and cook under a hot grill until absolutely charred and collapsed. Leave to cool, then skin and roughly chop. Gently cook the onion in heated oil until softened but not browned. Stir in the garlic, chillies, turmeric and cumin until fragrant. Blend with the chopped brinjals, coriander and lemon juice. Add salt to taste and more lemon juice if necessary. To make the flatbread, sift the flour, salt, sugar and yeast together, make a well in the centre and pour in the oil, yoghurt and egg. Mix and slowly add enough water to make a soft, pliable dough. Knead well for eight to 10 minutes, then place in a large oiled bowl, and cover with clingfilm and a plate. Allow to prove in a warm place for about an hour until double in size. Heat a nonstick frying or griddle pan, or preheat the oven to its highest setting and place a baking sheet on the upper shelf to preheat. Divide the dough into six pieces. Take a piece, covering the remainder, lightly flour the work surface and roll the dough into a thin circle or oval, about 4mm thick, and brush on a little oil. If using a pan, slap the dough onto the hot surface and sprinkle a good pinch of seeds over it. Cook for a minute, then turn and cook the underside until brown spots appear. Lower the heat and turn the bread. Cook for another 20 to 30 seconds until there are a few spots where it has charred and it is completely cooked. The whole cooking process should take about two to three minutes. If using the oven, place the bread on the preheated baking sheet. Bake until puffed up, about a minute each side, turning halfway through cooking, and then finish under the grill until lightly. Serves 6   This recipe originally appeared in our 2014 Food Issue   READ MORE Sausages Poached in Beer Creamed Ricotta Cheesecake Fennel and Apple Slaw