Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Soup

When I saw this recipe online on Martha Stewart’s website, I knew I had to try it. If you are following my blog, you will find a lot of eggplant dishes. As I read this recipe, I knew this would be a perfect winter soup. However, I wanted to use the lovely heirloom tomatoes and fresh eggplants from the farmer’s market so made it on a cooler evening and froze some for a cold winter night. It may not last in the freezer till then though. It was all that I thought it would and more. I improvised the recipe. The recipe calls for removing seeds but I did not. The recipe calls for curry powder, but as an indian, I would say there is no one curry powder. You could add 1 tsp curry powder instead. I found some nice peppers too in the market and roasted them too with the tomatoes. I used just a bit as they were spicy. But, oh so good!

I usually salt and rinse eggplants as this removes the bitter taste of the eggplant. This step is optional. Roasting the tomatoes and eggplants intensifies the flavours.

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant, washed and diced
  • approximately 3 pounds ( 1 1/2 kgs) tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 8-10 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 carrots, diced
  • 1 red chilli/ pepper (not dried) – optional
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves/ cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC)
  • Salt eggplant and let it sit for 15-30 mins. Rinse and pat dry (optional step)
  • Add tomatoes, carrots, red pepper and garlic in one pan. Toss it with 2 tbsp oil, salt and pepper. Place on top rack
  • Toss eggplant and garbanzo beans with 2 tbsp oil, cumin, coriander and chilli powder. Add it to the second pan; spread in a single layer and place below the 1st pan
  • Roast for about 45 minutes. Toss mixture every 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and peel and discard tomato skin
  • Add tomatoes, carrots and garlic to a pot. Using an immersion blender, blend to a puree until smooth. You could add to a mixer/blender and blend.
  • Add 3-4 cups of water and bring to simmer on a medium heat.
  • Stir the eggplant mixture into the soup and cook for a few minutes.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle cilantro (if freezing; leave out cilantro)
  • Serve with bread (optional)

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