Search Recipes

Eggplant and tomato with yoghurt and mint sauce

Diana Lampe
Diana Lampe

This tasty dish - known as borani banjan - is a luscious and healthy Afghani dish that is served with a refreshing yoghurt and mint sauce. It is not difficult to make despite the list of ingredients; just have everything ready before you start. The flavours improve with keeping, so it can be made ahead of time. Serve as part of a banquet, or by itself with rice or flatbread.

Ingredients

Borani banjan - serve with yoghurt and mint sauce.
Borani banjan - serve with yoghurt and mint sauce. Photo: Sophie Harper

2 young eggplants (about 750g)
3 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
1 brown onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 to 1/2 tsp chilli powder to taste
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp toasted and ground cumin seeds
1 tsp ground coriander
1 x 400g can tomatoes, pureed (or 1 1/2 cups tomato passata)
sea salt
1 tsp sugar
freshly ground black pepper
1 small bunch of mint

Yoghurt sauce
1 cup Greek yoghurt
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp dried mint

Method

For eggplant

Salting the eggplant is optional, but it helps it to absorb less oil when fried. Cut eggplants into 1.3cm slices. Sprinkle with salt and leave to drain in a colander or on a rack for about 30 minutes. Rinse off the salt and pat dry with a kitchen towel.

Heat the oil in a large saute pan and in batches, fry the eggplant slices on each side until tender and golden. Drain on kitchen paper.

For tomato sauce

Meanwhile, for the tomato sauce use the same saute pan and fry the onion in a tablespoon of oil until soft and golden brown. Add the garlic and fry for a minute and then stir in the chilli powder, turmeric, cumin and coriander and cook for a few moments. Add the tomato puree and half a cup of water, season with salt, sugar and pepper and bring to the boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer partly covered for about 25 minutes until thick, stirring from time to time. Taste and correct the seasoning. Now add about a tablespoon of shredded fresh mint to the sauce.

Return the eggplant slices to the pan, carefully nestling them into the sauce so the slices remain intact. Spoon some of the sauce over the top. Almost cover the saute pan and simmer for about 20 minutes, giving the pan an occasional shake. Alternatively the dish can be assembled in an ovenproof dish and baked in the oven at 180C for 30 minutes.

To make the yoghurt sauce, whisk the yoghurt and add the garlic, dried mint and a pinch of salt. If you like, add a little shredded fresh mint to it as well.

To serve

Spread half the yoghurt sauce onto the serving plate and arrange the hot eggplant and tomato over it. Spoon the remaining yoghurt sauce on top. Alternatively serve the eggplant and yoghurt sauce separately. Either way, garnish with sprigs of mint and serve with naan bread.

Main ingredient:
Eggplant, Tomato, Yoghurt
Cuisine:
Middle Eastern
Course:
Main-course, Side Dish
Occasion:
Midweek dinner, Family meals

More recipes like this...

Eggplant and pomegranate yoghurt

Eggplant and pomegranate yoghurt

Shane Delia
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
11 Reader ratings
Roast eggplant

Roast eggplant with pine nuts, basil and saffron garlic yoghurt

Neil Perry
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
44 Reader ratings
Spiced eggplant salad.

Spiced eggplant salad

Frank Camorra
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
10 Reader ratings

Eggplant dip

Caroline Velik
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
1 Reader rating

Grilled eggplant with tahini and yoghurt dressing

Karen Martini
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
3 Reader ratings

Comments

Be the first to comment.

Make a comment

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Please enter your comment.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your comment has been submitted for approval.

Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Recipes - Forum

What we’re cooking

Latest on EK

Pester power: Call for ban on free toys used to sell unhealthy food

Obesity experts say freebies should be restricted to attracting children to healthier options.

Mums' workload equals 2.5 full-time jobs

A study has found working mums toil for an average of 98 hours a week.

How many of our bosses would have aced NAPLAN tests?

In more than 25 years' of journalism, I've never interviewed a leader who topped his or her class at school.

Children's shoes found to contain cancer-causing chemical

The ACCC had issued an urgent recall.

When it comes to sport, boys 'play like a girl'

Girls in primary school are just as physically capable as their male classmates, according to research.

Find After School Care

Search by Postcode

Find a Babysitter

  • Daytime nannies
  • Casual babysitters
  • After-school care
  • Live-in nannies