This Middle Eastern dish is packed full of great textures and tastes – smoky aubergine, nutty chickpeas and earthy walnuts. Perfect for lunch or a light dinner and it’s suitable for vegetarians.


Serves 2

For the walnut sauce

  • 200g tub suzme or Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 25g walnuts, chopped
  • handful coriander leaves, roughly chopped


Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan, add the onion and fry until soft and lightly browned, about 10 mins. Add the chilli, ginger and spices and mix well. Stir in the chickpeas, tomatoes and 5 tbsp water, bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins. Add a little salt and pepper and the lemon juice.

Arrange the aubergines over a grill pan. Brush lightly with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then grill until golden. Flip them over, brush again with oil, season and grill again until tender and golden.

Mix the yogurt with the garlic, most of the walnuts and coriander and a little salt and pepper. Arrange the aubergine slices over a warm platter and spoon over the chickpea mix. Drizzle with the walnut sauce and scatter with the remaining walnuts and coriander.

Serve with fresh crusty bread.

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Recipe courtesy of Good Food magazine.