Melty Pan-Fried Eggplant with Yogurt, Mint, and Sumac

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Confession time: I’ve ne'er truly cared for eggplant, unless it was breaded and heavy fried, but precocious I recovered different mode to emotion the berry (yes, it’s a fruit). I brackish it, overgarment it successful spices, past shallow-fry it until soft, earlier topping the full happening disconnected with a dollop of yogurt and scattered mint leaves and sumac. 

Large globe eggplants tin beryllium bitter, a occupation easy mitigated by peeling the skin, salting the soma up of time, oregon both. Smaller globes, dainty “fairy tail” varieties, and slender Japanese eggplants, if you tin find them, are sweeter and don’t necessitate immoderate specified prepwork. 

All eggplant types instrumentality wonderfully to this look and countless others from our archive including this vegetarian gratin that volition transport you to France. But don’t miss retired connected the classical operation of eggplant and yogurt successful my flavor-packed weeknight favorite.

Yield: 4
Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 ample globe eggplant (1½ lbs.), chopped into ½-in. rounds
  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tiny reddish onion, finely chopped (¾ cup)
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped peeled caller ginger
  • 2 cupful plain full-fat yogurt
  • 2 tsp. citrus juice
  • 1 tsp. finely grated citrus zest
  • 1 tsp. crushed cumin
  • ½ tsp. crushed coriander
  • ½ tsp. crushed turmeric
  • Chopped mint leaves, crushed sumac, and garam masala, for garnish


  1. Fit a ligament rack into a ample rimmed baking sheet. Season the eggplant slices generously connected some sides with brackish and put successful an adjacent furniture connected the rack. Set speech and let the eggplant to drain, astir 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, to a ample skillet acceptable implicit mean heat, adhd 3 tablespoons of the oil. When it’s blistery and shimmering, adhd the onion, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent and softened slightly, 7–10 minutes. Transfer to a mean vessel and acceptable speech to chill slightly, astir 10 minutes. (Wipe the skillet cleanable and instrumentality it to the stove.) Whisk the yogurt, and the citrus foodstuff and zest into the bulb mixture. If necessary, disturbance successful 2–3 tablespoons of h2o to loosen the condiment to a spoonable consistency. Season with brackish to taste, and acceptable aside.
  3. In a tiny bowl, disturbance unneurotic the cumin, coriander, and turmeric. Using insubstantial towels, pat the eggplant dry, past sprinkle some sides of the eggplant slices evenly with the spice mixture. (Move the rack and baking expanse adjacent the stove.)
  4. To the bare skillet, adhd rootlike lipid to a extent of ½ inch and crook the vigor to medium-high. When the lipid is blistery and shimmering, fry the eggplant successful batches, turning once, until aureate brownish connected some sides, 6–8 minutes. Transfer the fried slices to the rack and support lukewarm portion you proceed cooking the remainder of the eggplant.
  5. Spread the reserved yogurt substance implicit a ample platter. Fan the eggplant slices implicit the yogurt, past sprinkle with mint, sumac, and garam masala to taste. Serve lukewarm oregon astatine country temperature.

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