We mustn’t give in and believe summer is nearly over. This is the perfect dish to bring summer back to your table. There are loads of great flavours going on on here which are all so tasty together.
Bulgar wheat/Quinoa mix – 180g (or use a similar grain you like)
Vegetable stock – Approximately 1 litre
Aubergine – 3 whole
Mixed vegetables: Carrots, cucumber, beetroot, pepper etc
Yoghurt – 250g
Cucumber – 1/4 of a large one
Garlic – 1 clove finely crushed
Mint – 5-10 leaves finely chopped
Salt and Pepper
Oil for frying
Aubergine: Finely slice the aubergine lengthways to 1/2 cm thickness or as close as you can get. Heat some oil in a griddle pan and when it reaches a high temperature, lay the aubergines flat in the pan and season them with salt and pepper. You will probably have to do this in a few batches. Cook them until they are charred a little on both sides. Lay them onto some kitchen towel to absorb any excess oil.
Bugarwheat/Quinoa: Meanwhile you want to cook the Quinoa and Bulgar wheat. Follow the instructions on the packet you are using but use vegetable stock in place of the water. You want all the liquid to be absorbed and the grain/seed to be cooked. Leave this to cool on a tray whilst you prepare your other ingredients.
Tzatziki: Normally with Tzatziki I would salt the cumumber to remove the water but as this is just a filling I didn’t bother with this and it was fine. Finely chop or grate the cucumber and the mint, add this into the yoghurt along with the garlic and season to taste.
Assembly: Finely chop or grate the vegetables and set them aside. Now lay the aubergines onto a chopping board and begin to fill them. Spread a little Tzatziki onto the aubergine, followed by some quinoa and the vegetables and roll tight being careful not to push the filling out.
– Be creative with your fillings. This is just what I had to hand but you could use a whole range of things. Hummus, mince, chilli absolutely anything.
-If you are worried , you can secure these with a cocktail stick through the centre but otheyhold pretty well.