9 Aug 2012

Italian Baked Aubergine

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Now after all that promotional stuff, let’s get down to today’s recipe! I am always looking for Italian recipes to try and I find that many of them are really simple, use just a few ingredients and rely on fresh herbs for flavours.  Aubergine (or eggplant or brinjal or melanzana as the Italians call it) is widely used in Italian cooking – in salads, appetisers and mains. This recipe for Italian Baked Aubergines came from Good Food Magazine’s August issue (India edition) and is quite easy. While on the subject, do subscribe to the magazine; it’s an investment for anyone who loves cooking!

This recipe serves 2 people.

You’ll need:
  • 2 Aubergines (use the long, slender variety)
  • 4 medium sized Tomatoes, grated or blanched & peeled
  • 3-4 cloves of Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • A small bunch of Basil leaves
  • Salt & Pepper

How to:
  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Slice the aubergines into halves (length-wise) and score them on the fleshy side.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle some olive oil on top.

  • Bake for 30 minutes. You can cover it with foil if you wish.
  • While the aubergines are baking, in a pan roast the chopped garlic and then add olive oil. Lightly fry; they should not turn brown.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook down. Add most of the basil leaves and give it a quick stir.

  • Remove the aubergines from the oven and top with the tomato sauce.

  • Grate some parmigiano over them and return to the oven.
  • Bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven & garnish with the rest of the basil leaves. Serve as an appetiser or a side dish.


  1. italian flavours to the eggplant- that must have tasted swell ! nice

    1. Thanks, Priya! It was delicious :) Try it some time & let me know what you think.

  2. This seems yummy and easy to make, will try it out.

    1. Thanks, Swapna! Let me know how it turns out. Cheers!