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sheet pan eggplant

Sheet Pan Eggplant

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine global vegetarian, Indian
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large eggplant ~600 grams
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Coriander to garnish

Instructions
 

  • To prepare sheet pan eggplant, preheat the oven at 180C.
  • Slice off the crown of the eggplant.
  • Cut into 1/2 inch thick slices and chop each slice into 4-6 pieces.
  • Place the chopped eggplant on the sheet pan / baking tray.
  • In a small pan, heat the oil and fry the mustard and cumin seeds.
  • Once the seeds splutter, turn off flame and stir in spice powders and salt.
  • Transfer this oil with spices over the eggplant and gently rub the spice mix over all the pieces to coat well.
  • Pour 1/3 cup hot water in the middle of the sheet pan.
  • Using a thick aluminium foil, wrap the pan from end to end so that it is covered well. This helps generate steam from the water used so that the eggplant cooks fast and remains moist.
  • Carefully slide the sheet pan into the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes at 180C until the eggplant pieces are soft.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot.

Notes

Squeeze some lime juice over the eggplant for added flavour.
You can also prepare tofu in the same way. Change the marinade as per your liking.
Use 2 medium sized eggplants if you cannot find a large one.