This simple stuffed aubergines recipe is a delicious and tasty way to enjoy this healthy fruit. Aubergines are quite often purple in colour.
The aubergine, or the ‘eggplant’ as it is known in the USA, contrary to popular belief, is not actually a vegetable but is in fact a fruit. Although it is often used as a vegetable in many meals, its botanical definition is as a berry.
In some other countries in Asia and South Africa, it is known as ‘brinjal’. Hence the brinjal bhaji.
This aubergine fruit is however not always purple in colour and can be white, yellow, green or even black.
This can be useful if you are trying to provide some colour variation at the dinner table 😃
Are aubergines good for you?
The eggplant is a cheap and healthy alternative to some of the other vegetables we eat in our normal diet. It is high fibre and low calorie and is full of nutrients.
So it can make a good healthy contribution to any balanced diet. The flesh of the aubergine is quite rubbery until cooked. But beware it can be quite filling!
The taste of aubergine is very mild when cooked, which is why it needs something extra in the filling to make it interesting. I think this recipe using some lightly spiced ground beef and a topping of cheese does the trick.
After making this recipe I shall even be adding this fruit to my weekly grocery shop.
Can you eat Aubergine skin?
The great thing about this stuffed fruit is that you CAN eat the skins, just like with baked potatoes.
But you need to leave the area around the stalk which is not really edible.
My stuffed eggplant recipe uses some basic ingredients, all of which are present in my fridge/freezer, apart from the eggplants which I bought especially.
To make it a bit more authentic you could always replace the minced beef with some minced lamb, depending on your preference and budget.
The optional HP sauce is really just a nice little twist I added just to give a bit more oomph to the taste of the eggplant filling.
Really this recipe is so good that I shall be making it more regularly now. I hope you will try it too! If you do, remember you can eat the skins 😃
I hope you enjoy this. If you do try and make this, then please let me know how you get on in the comments section below. Please let me know what you added to improve the recipe somehow!
How to make stuffed eggplant