Roasted Pea and Aubergine Dip with Toasted Pitta Bread

Roasted Pea and Aubergine Dip with Toasted Pitta Bread

1 hour

Serves 6

Quick Budget

Nutritional information

Per serving (based on 6 servings): 219 kcal, 5g fat, 1.4g saturates, 4.2g sugars, 0.4g salt

Ingredients

2 aubergines

350g frozen peas

1 tbsp rapeseed oil

2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

A handful of fresh mint leaves

½ a red chili, deseeded and finely chopped

1 tsp of ground cumin

A good pinch of ground coriander

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tbsp of plain Greek yoghurt

Sea salt and black pepper

6 pitta breads, to serve

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6

Place the aubergines on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until tender. Cool and cut in half; scoop out the flesh and place in a blender.

Meanwhile cook the peas in boiling salted water for 3 minutes, until tender, drain and refresh under cold water, drain well again, making sure all the excess water has been removed. Then place the rapeseed oil, garlic, mint leaves and peas into the food processor, along with the aubergine, and blend to a thick puree. Add the yoghurt and blend again, until the yoghurt is just combined. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the chili, cumin, coriander and lemon juice and season well with sea salt and black pepper.

Spoon the mixture into a bowl, toast the pitta breads and cut into fingers and serve warm with the dip - delicious!

This dip is also great with sticks of carrot, peppers, baby tomatoes, celery and nachos.

Serves 6-8

Tips

The less water you use when cooking peas, the less vitamin C is lost. Steaming helps to conserve this vitamin.

When boiling frozen peas, add enough water to cover, bring to the boil and then cover and simmer for 3 minutes. To microwave 227 grams (8oz) of frozen peas add 15ml (1 tablespoon) of water, place in a non metallic container and cover. Cook on full power for 4 minutes (750W) or 4 1/2 minutes (650W)