Aubergine Fried in Gram Flour

Fried Aubergine

Fried Aubergine

Crispy, salty, melting, soft and ooooh so moreish these were a flash of inspiration that made my little day.

They’re also pretty simple to make so hooray for that!

You will need:

  • 1 aubergine (eggplant)
  • 5-6tbsp gram (chickpea) flour
  • enough oil to coat the bottom of your pan to about 5mm deep
  • salt and pepper to taste (you can also add some ground chili or cumin or whatever you fancy)

Instructions:

Slice the aubergine across into rounds less than 1cm thick.

Mix the salt and pepper in with the gram flour and place in a shallow dish wide enough to fit a slice of aubergine into it flat.

Scrunch a few sheets of paper towel and put these onto your serving plate so the fried pieces have something to drain onto.

Aubergine slices

Aubergine slices

Heat the oil until it is shimmering but not smoking. You can test it with a piece of stale bread which should go brown in 30secs or so.

Place a slice of aubergine into the seasoned gram flour and press down. Turn it over and press down again so it is coated. The natural moisture should be enough to make a light coating stick.

Knock gently on the side of the dish to remove the excess flour and place in the hot oil. Repeat until the pan is full. The slices shouldn’t touch.

When the tops of the slices are changing colour and becoming translucent in places flip the slices over carefully. Don’t splash yourself!

Fry until both sides are golden brown.

Remove shaking to get rid of excess oil. Pat each slice with the paper towel then leave to drain and cool for a few seconds.

Serve as quickly as possible with a hot, sharp tomato salsa or just a wedge of lemon and some salad.

Notes:

Gram flour is available from lots of Asian and increasingly from mainstream supermarkets. It’s made from ground chickpeas and is use in all sorts of Indian snacks. Too much of it can have a well-known embarrassing leguminous effect so go easy. That said it is great for making all sorts of little fried things like this and may be useful for people with a wheat intolerance. It’s also high protein so vegetarians and low carb dieters may find it a handy product to have around. It does have a specific flavour of its own, somewhat vegetable. Personally I like it but you may prefer to disguise it with lots of garlic and spice. It doesn’t substitute well for wheat flour in all things so check your recipes.

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