Peanut Butter & 5 Spice Aubergine

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Peanut Butter & 5 Spice Aubergine

Ingredients

  • Juice & zest of a lime
  • 2 tsps agave or honey
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 2 tbsps Whole Earth 100% Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • Small thumb ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and grated
  • 2 aubergines

To serve:

  • 200g basmati rice, soaked in cold water for half an hour
  • Small bunch of spring onions, white and green parts finely sliced
  • Half a bunch of mint, finely sliced

Optional:

  • star anise, lime zest or cardamom pods for the rice

Method

  1. Whisk all of the ingredients except the aubergines together in a small bowl until combined.
  2. Slice the aubergines in half lengthways and score them in a criss cross pattern without going right through to the skin (half a centimetre is plenty). Place the aubergines cut side up in a medium roasting tray so that they’re snug and spoon over half the peanut sauce. Set aside to marinade for at least half an hour, or keep covered in the fridge for up to 12 hours for a more intense flavour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 220C. Place the aubergines (uncovered now) on the middle shelf in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes before removing and spooning over the remaining sauce. Cover with kitchen foil and return to the oven for 15 minutes more.
  4. While the aubergine is in the oven, drain the rice in a sieve and rinse thoroughly. Place in a saucepan with a lid with 350ml fresh water, and any or all of the optional flavourings above. Cover with the lid and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for a further 8 minutes. Turn off the heat (leave the lid on), and let sit for 5 minutes before fluffing up with a fork.
  5. Serve the rice in warm bowls, slice the aubergine halves into 6 pieces each and arrange on top of the rice. Top with the spring onions and mint and serve straight away.

Serving suggestions:

  • Instead of serving with rice, serve the aubergine alongside grilled chicken and chilli and garlic greens for a Japanese-inspired supper.
  • Stir any leftovers through cooked noodles with soft herbs for a 10 minute meal.
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