Aubergine And Chickpea Ragout

I bought beautiful aubergines from the farmers’ market and sought out recipes to use them in new ways. This aubergine and chickpea ragout is beautifully spiced and needs the garlic yoghurt sauce to make it a complete dish.

Aubergine And Chickpea Ragout
Aubergine And Chickpea Ragout
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In order to ascertain whether we could stay at the Airside Hotel in Istanbul, I sent Turkish Airlines an email. A week after getting no response I decided to ask the airport itself whether we could check in for our flight the day before. And they told me to ask Turkish Airlines. So I tried again, this time through Facebook messenger. The first reply did not even relate to my question so I sent an email to the hotel. Before they could respond the airline got back to me saying that we can only check in two hours before our flight. On the off chance that was incorrect in stating that we could only stay landside if we were flying domestically, I contacted the hotel. They responded to my email before the reply came from the airside query. Turns out that we can indeed stay landside.

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All we need is a valid Visa for Turkey. So, as much as having to wake up early does not excite me, we get to sleep in an extra thirty minutes. The hotel is opposite the check in counters and all we will have to do in the morning is wake up and walk across the terminal. In my email communication with the hotel I explained that maybe they wanted to amend the fine print on the site. They were most grateful for my feedback which is always a good sign in my opinion.

Aubergine And Chickpea Ragout

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Aubergine And Chickpea Ragout

This dish is Syrian in origin and is enhanced by the garlic yoghurt sauce
Recipe Category: Vegetarian
Makes enough for: 2 people


For the ragout

  • 60 mls olive oil, divided
  • 350 g aubergines
  • 1 red onion, peeled, cut in half, and finely sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 2.5 mls ground cinnamon
  • 2.5 mls ground nutmeg
  • 30 g flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 400 g tin whole peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 400 g tinned chickpeas (total weight), drained
  • 200 mls water
  • 3 g mint leaves, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 5 g fresh coriander, roughly chopped to garnish

For the garlic yoghurt sauce

  • 1 clove garlic, roasted with the aubergines
  • 150 g thick yoghurt
  • 0.625 mls fine salt
  • 15 mls lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • Pour 30mls oil into a bowl large enough for the aubergines
  • Cut the aubergines into 2cm cubes and add to the oil as you cut them
  • Toss to coat completely then spread out in a single layer on a lined baking tray
  • Add the garlic for the yoghurt sauce and place into the oven
  • Bake for 20 minutes, turning the aubergine pieces over halfway through the cooking time
  • Remove from the oven and set aside
  • Add the rest of the oil to a saucepan and place onto the stove on a medium temperature
  • When heated add the onion and sauté until soft
  • Add the garlic, cinnamon and nutmeg and cook until you can smell the spices
  • Add the parsley, tomatoes, aubergine and chickpeas
  • Pour 200mls water into the saucepan and bring to the boil
  • Reduce the temperature, cover and simmer for 30 minutes
  • Take off the stove and season to taste
  • Add the mint, stir to combine and set aside for at least an hour
  • Reheat over a medium to low temperature and adjust the seasoning before serving

For the garlic yoghurt sauce

  • While the ragout is reheating crush the roast garlic in a small bowl
  • Add the yoghurt, salt and lemon juice and stir to combine

To serve

  • Top each serving with the coriander and a generous dollop of the sauce
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12 thoughts on “Aubergine And Chickpea Ragout

  1. Throughout the former Ottoman Empire (which includes Syria, Greece, and many more) the ways to cook aubergine — our eggplant — seem infinite and wonderful. This is a good example!

    best… mae at

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