Afghani Eggplant and Potatoes

  • 2 medium sized eggplants
  • 6 small (approx. 500g) desiree potatoes 
  • 5 medium (approx. 500g) sized tomatoes, diced into small cubes
  • olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 300g Greek style plain yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
 
 

1. Leaving the skin on, slice the eggplants and potatoes into slices approximately half a centimetre thick

 
 

2. Heat enough olive oil in a large frypan to cover the base to approximately half a centimetre high. Fry batches of the eggplant until golden on one side, then flip and cook the other side 

 
 

3. Place the eggplant on paper towel to drain the excess oil, and repeat with the remainder. Meanwhile, put the potatoes on a plate and microwave for 6-8 minutes, until just tender

 
 

4. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the frypan on low heat and cook the garlic until golden. Add the diced tomatoes, turmeric, coriander and pepper and cook, stirring, until the tomato turns soft and mushy

 
 

5. Add the potatoes to the frypan, covering the tomatoes in a layer, then add the eggplant slices on top of the potatoes in a layer. Add the water, then cover the frypan with a lid and cook on a low heat for approximately 10 minutes 

 
 

6. Meanwhile, make the yoghurt by mixing the garlic flakes and mint into the yoghurt and setting aside. Serve warm or cold, by placing the eggplant and potatoes on a plate and spoon the yoghurt over

 
 

Nutritional information (per serve, serves 8) 

    • Energy: 1300kJ
    • Protein: 5.5g
    • Fat: 23.8g (Saturated fat 4.0g)
    • Carbohydrates: 16.3g (Sugars 6.8g)
    • Sodium: 47mg

    And a word from the dietitian...

    Leaving the skin on potatoes doesn’t just save you time... A baked potato without the skin is ranked as a high GI food, meaning the carbohydrate in it is released quickly into the bloodstream. Simply leaving the skin on makes it a medium GI food, which is particularly beneficial for those with diabetes.