Sweet and sour eggplant salad

Food news – a little recipe for the family (that can’t cook)

This article was first published¬†on February 28 2011¬†in Master Mouse Patrol, under Hungry Fran’s weekly column. Check out the full repertoire of Hungry Fran’s glorious recipes here.

Sweet and sour eggplant salad

My husband’s family can’t cook*. This is clearly their problem, not mine. I honestly wouldn’t mind so much except that every Christmas their dead turkey problem becomes my dead turkey problem. Solution? If Mohammed won’t come to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed. Like a crazy food mule, I fly to Canberra each year with the makings of a complete feast: glazed hams, frozen turkey ballotines, whole sides of smoked salmon and kilos of potato salad. This eggplant salad is also a Christmas Eve frequent flyer. It seems to improve with both age and altitude. It’s also perfect for these current balmy Summer nights.


1 medium eggplant


100 ml olive oil

1 purple onion, finely sliced

1 tablespoon currents

1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses

juice from half a lemon

a drizzle of honey

175 ml hot water

1 bunch of mint, torn


Cut the eggplant in half lengthways then cut each half into half moons, 1cm thick. Put them in colander and sprinkle with salt. After 20 mins rise them under cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper. Heat the oil and fry the eggplant pieces, turning them from time to time until they turn a light golden brown (you might have to do this in batches). Add the onion and currants to the pan. Mix the pomegranate molasses with the lemon juice, honey and hot water and add to the pan. Toss well, so that everything is evenly coated. Continue to cook until the onion and eggplant are both meltingly soft and caramelised. Leave to cool, then taste and adjust seasoning. Serve at room temperature with heaps of fresh herbs tossed through (mint or parsley). Add freshly chopped green or red chilli if you need an extra spring in your step.

*For any family reading this, don’t worry, I’m just being loose with the truth. Of course you can cook. I wouldn’t dare marry into a family that couldn’t.

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