Low Fat Smoky Aubergine Dip

Mallika Basu - Low Fat Smoky Aubergine Dip

Posted 28th March 2008


It’s happened at last. My little sister’s film has premiered in India.

Called Love Songs, this film has more coy, eyelash flutter action than I can shake a chappati at.

Following her eldest sister’s somewhat half-baked example, the little one is setting YouTube alight with lilting tunes and romantic distant stares.

To think the former bald midget is a mighty superstar in the making… I am beyond myself with excitement!

Check her out here.

Some of you will remember that she went on some crazed “eat nothing but lemons” diet for months to turn size zero before filming.

Thankfully, good sense has prevailed. She is back to looking normal and eating properly. In fond remembrance of her dieting days, here’s a stupidly low-fat smoky aubergine dip that’s delicious slathered on strips of ready naan.

Because she’s worth it.


Feeds 10 (with other nibbles):

2 large aubergines

4 tbsp low fat natural yogurt

1 large dry red chilli

1 tsp whole cumin

1 tsp sunflower oil

Spread the oil between your palms and coat the two aubergines evenly. On an open flame, roast them both turning regularly until soft and charred on the outside. Hold on to the head of the aubergine with tongs or a fork. This takes no longer than five minutes per aubergine.

If this is too fiddly just roast them instead in a hot oven (200 degrees centigrade) for about 20 minutes.

While the aubergine sits, dry roast the chilli and cumin in a small pan. Crush the cumin finely. I had some of this leftover from an earlier recipe, but you can use your coffee grinder or pestle and mortar.

Peel the charred skin off the aubergines and mash them with the whole red chilli, cumin, yogurt and salt.

Serve with warm readymade naan or parathas for dunking.

10 responses to “Low Fat Smoky Aubergine Dip”

  1. this is great news for your little sister. Congratulations for making it big in the Bollywood industry.

    mmm roasted eggplant in a yogurt mixture used as a dip, that sounds tasty. It’s a little bit like Baba Ganoush however the similarities end at roasted eggplant and cumin.

  2. sra says:

    Hi, just saw the YouTube link – your sis’ pretty, will try and catch the movie.

  3. Wendy says:

    Love babaganoush so imagine I’d love this. And thanks for reminding me about that paneer dish. Will be making it next week.
    Congratulations to your gorgeous wee sister!

  4. Mallika says:

    Ladies – that’s exactly what I called the dip when I explained it to the guests. x

  5. mystic says:

    Long time reader, first time commenter here. Love your blog, recipes and fun writing style. I checked out the link. Your sister looks soo sweet. BTW, rediff has a good review of this movie:

  6. Congrats to your sis! You must be one proud older sister(:-)

  7. nandita says:

    Oh, ive been meaning to see this movie! Now that a fellow blogger’s sis is starring,thats added incentive…good to be acting with veterans like Jaya Bacchhan 🙂

    I make this aubergine raita pretty regularly, and I find that oven roasting does not replace the intense smoky flavours of direct flame roasting!

  8. sandeepa says:

    Hey you are in ekdum “philmi” society. The sis looks pretty, shall try to catch it when on DVD

  9. TBC says:

    You’ve a sis who is in the big bad world of Bollywood?!. Just checked out the link. You must be so proud of her. Congrats and best wishes to her! 🙂

  10. arundathi says:

    You must be so proud – and she’s very pretty. Congratulations to her.
    Just happened on your blog…good stuff!

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