In this delicious dish, grilled slices of eggplant and zucchini are layered with a rich tomato sauce and cumin-flavoured yogurt, then baked. Thick slices of multi-grain bread and a crisp green salad are perfect accompaniments for baked eggplant with yogurt.
Source: Cook Smart for a Healthy Heart, Reader’s Digest Canada
Heat 1 1⁄2 tablespoons oil in a saucepan, add the onion and cook for about 8 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute, stirring. Stir in the diced tomatoes with their juice, the tomato paste, wine and bay leaf. Cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
Uncover the pan and let the sauce bubble for a further 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove the bay leaf. Stir in the parsley and pepper.
While the sauce is simmering, preheat the broiler. Lightly brush the eggplant and zucchini slices with the remaining 2 1/2 tablespoons oil. Cook under the broiler, in batches, for 3–4 minutes on each side or until browned and very tender.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Stir the cumin into half of the yogurt. Arrange one-third of the eggplant slices, in one layer, in a large ovenproof dish with a capacity of about 2.5 litres (21⁄2 quarts). Spoon over half of the tomato sauce. Arrange half of the zucchini slices on top, in one layer, then drizzle with half of the cumin-flavoured yogurt. Repeat the layers, then finish with a layer of the remaining eggplant slices.
Mix the remaining 200 g yogurt with the beaten eggs and half of the Parmesan cheese. Spoon the yogurt mixture over the top layer of eggplant, spreading with the back of the spoon to cover evenly. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 40–45 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and set, and the sauce is bubbling. Serve baked eggplant with yogurt hot, in the baking dish.
Per serving: 336 calories, 17 g protein, 21 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 120 mg cholesterol, 18 g total carbohydrate, 18 g sugars, 8 g fibre, 256 mg sodium
The normal digestive tract flora can be upset by antibiotics, stress and poor diet. Including yogurt in the diet helps to maintain the “good” bacteria in the gut and prevent the growth of less desirable bacteria.