Baking aubergine with honey and tamari gives it a lovely salty, sweet stickiness that is incredibly more-ish. The freshness of the lemony saffron yoghurt adds to the fragrant complexity of this Middle Eastern-inspired dish. It is perfect for a dinner party, as part of a big feast, or simply served as a weekday supper with some rice and a green salad.
1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
2 Spread the aubergine rounds on the baking tray. Whisk together the tamari, honey and
sesame oil in a bowl and pour evenly over the aubergine. Bake for 20–25 minutes
until soft and golden.
3 Meanwhile, put the preserved lemons, saffron, yoghurt, and a pinch each of salt and pepper in a food processor and blitz until the yoghurt has turned a deep yellow and is smooth.
4 Place the aubergine rounds on a large serving dish. Drizzle over the saffron yoghurt
dressing and garnish with the coriander, mint, chilli and toasted cashews.
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