- ACTIVE: 15 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: Makes 3 1/2 cups
Joël Robuchon ingeniously softens spongy eggplant by steaming it instead of sautéing it in oil. "Usually, cooked eggplant absorbs so much oil and becomes full of fat," he says.
- 1 1/2 pounds eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 3 medium tomatoes, coarsely grated on a box grater
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce, such as marinara or canned tomato puree
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- Set the diced eggplant in a steamer basket. Set the basket over 1 inch of water and bring to a simmer. Cover and steam the eggplant until tender, 12 minutes; drain well.
- In a large skillet, combine the tomatoes with the garlic, cumin and paprika and simmer over moderate heat until thickened, 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and the eggplant and simmer, gently stirring a few times, until the eggplant is flavored with the sauce, 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar. Season with salt and pepper; add the lemon zest, cilantro and parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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