Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Vegetarian Stuffed Aubergine with Bulgur and Buckwheat

Vegetarian Stuffed aubergines with Bulgur and Buckwheat, are incredibly tasty stuffed aubergines with healthy ingredients such as Bulgur and Buckwheat and topped with sweet and juicy roasted peppers, tangy, spicy and sweet tomato sauce and finished off with crumbly Goats Cheese! This recipe is made with wholesome ingredients and contains plenty of nutrition.

''Ma put the TV on and watch BBC 1 right now, you'll like this programme'' a couple of months ago I had a text from daughter, I obeyed and turn the channel to BBC 1. The programme was 'Royal Recipes' hosted by Michaell Buerk, programme was all about royal themed food.
The episode I watched that day was 5 of 15 India and Empire, in this episode couple of renowned chefs joined to celebrate royal food inspired by the days of India and Empire. I found this episode very interesting, straight away I pressed the remote button and put the whole series on record, for this reason, I love modern technology :)

Vegetarian Stuffed Aubergines with Bulgur and Buckwheat
I liked the whole series of Royal Recipes, glad I watched it as I came to know so many interesting stories and history. I like history, I do quite like the royals and the glam of it all. Well, and I love the gossip!  I liked few recipes which were loved by the royals and cooked by the royals.

A recipe which I liked straight away and had an urge to make it was Stuffed Aubergine with bulgur wheat, prepared by late Princess Diana's former chef Carolyn Robb, she said that this dish was one of the favourites of Diana. She said  "this is the dish that although it may be fit for princesses it is really fit for anyone, it's just simple home cooking, it's nourishing, it's warming". I completely agree with Carolyn Robb, after I tried and tasted this dish, that you can't do much better than this! These stuffed aubergines were incredibly tasty that I nearly fainted with pleasure at the delicious flavour of this dish !

Vegetarian Stuffed Aubergines with Bulgur and Buckwheat
Now that summer is on its way in my part of the world, fresh and giant aubergines are plenty in markets and shops and cheap too. I am on a roll to make these stuffed aubergines. First time I followed the recipe to T, but then made a very small couple of changes, still, the dish came out so well.

fresh aubergine dark and moody
I love everything about this dish, all the ingredients, method, and fuss-free recipe.  While the stuffed aubergines were baking the evergreen herb thyme heady aroma was just making me impatient, actually, thyme adds a warm flavour. I served with roasted tomatoes and fresh salad, it would make a lovely lunch or supper.

Fresh herb thyme dark and moody image

Vegetarian Stuffed Aubergines with Bulgur and Buckwheat
Notes:-
You can omit buckwheat and prepare with Bulgur wheat only.
Carolyn prepared bulgur wheat in a pan with onion and thyme, where I cooked bulgur and buckwheat in a pressure cooker with vegetable stock to save time.
To make gluten-free version omit Bulgur wheat and use quinoa.
You could also top with a dairy free cheese instead of a goats cheese to make this dish vegan.
aubergine drizzled with oil and ready to bake



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Stuffed Aubergine with Bulgur and Buckwheat


Ingredients
  • 2 fresh and tender aubergines 
  • 75 g bulgur wheat 
  • 50 g buckwheat
  • 100 g goats cheese
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped peppers 
  • 8-10 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes
  • 3-4 tbsp. chopped onion
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp. chilli flakes
  • 1-2 tsp. sugar
  • 200 ml vegetable stock
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • Fresh mint and pomegranate seeds to garnish 
Instructions

Preheat the oven to gas mark 7.
Wash and pat dry aubergines and slice in half lengthwise through the stalk. With a knife score the flesh in a criss-cross pattern.
Drizzle some oil, sprinkle salt and pepper and a couple of sprigs of thyme.
Bake it in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until flesh is soft and tender.
Meanwhile, wash bulgur and buckwheat and drain the water and cook with vegetable stock. ( I cooked in a pressure cooker ). Leave it aside.
Heat a little oil in a pan and saute onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes.
Add chopped tomato, salt, sugar, and chilli flakes.
Let it simmer for 5-6 minutes.
Turn off the heat and leave it aside.
Now place chopped pepper on a baking sheet, drizzle little olive oil, salt and pepper and put it in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
Once aubergines and peppers are roasted remove it from the oven. Do not turn off the oven.
Using a spoon scoop out half of the flesh out of the baked halved aubergines.
Leaving the skins with the layer of flesh.
Stir the aubergine flesh into cooked bulger and buckwheat.
Now pile bulger and buckwheat into aubergine shells, top it up with roasted peppers, tomato sauce, goats cheese and thyme.
Bake once again for 10-12 minutes.
Garnish it with mint and pomegrante seeds.
Serve hot with roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh green salad.
Enjoy !
Details
Prep time: 5mins Cook time: 60Total time: Yield: 4 servings



































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