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Musaka'a, Roasted Eggplant with Spiced Chickpeas & Tomatoes

30 minutes prep
30 minutes active cooking
1 hour total

Makes 4 - 6 servings

We believe food can help bring people together, especially when it’s this good.

Yasmin Khan became a lawyer, then worked as a grassroots organizer for a British anti-poverty organization. Her activism took her to Palestine, where she found that the food and hospitality helped relieve the stress of trying to help people traumatized by years of war and oppression. Khan always loved to cook, and she now calls herself a “culinary anthropologist,” using food to understand other cultures.

Her book Zaitoun - Arabic for olive, both a fundamental ingredient and a symbol of peace - both guides us through Palestinian life and shows us how to cook delicious food. Still, as Khan noted in an interview last year, “...the very act of documenting Palestinian culture, of celebrating it and honoring it and saying that it even exists, is a political act...”

But these times show us that everything is political, and we believe food can help bring people together, especially when it’s this good. I took a few liberties with Khan’s recipe. I had tomatoes and herbs in my garden and our ras el hanout spice blend in the pantry. It’s a north African blend, so the flavor comes from the Levant even if it’s not actually Palestinian...

Photo from yasminkhanstories.com

What you'll need

Ingredients

For the shopping list

1

Onion, chopped

3 cloves of

Garlic, chopped

4

Medium Tomatoes, chopped

2 teaspoons of

Sugar

Chopped Herbs (I used arugula, mint, and parsley)

From our shop

$6 - San Joaquin Valley - California

Cooked

$9 - Brooklyn - New York

Ras El Hanout

$10 - Badakhshan - Afghanistan

Wild Mountain Cumin

$10 - Zanzibar - Tanzania

Cinnamon Verum

$7 - Olhão - Portugal

Fine Sea Salt

$26 - Sicily - Italy

Ogglio

Equipment

From the kitchen

1

Chef Knife

1

Cutting Board

1

Heavy Skillet

What you'll have to do

Step 1

preheat your oven to 400F.

Step 2

Cut the eggplant into quarters lengthwise, then into pieces about 3/4 inch thick. Put them on a sheet pan, sprinkle with salt, drizzle generously with olive oil, toss with your hands, and spread out into a single layer. Cook in a 400F oven for about 20 minutes or until soft and lightly browned.

Step 3

Using enough olive oil to coat the bottom of a heavy skillet, cook the onion over medium heat until just beginning to brown, about 15 minutes.

Step 4

Add the garlic and spices and cook for a minute or two, then add the tomatoes, chickpeas, sugar, and a good pinch of salt.

Step 5

Add about a cup of water and cook for another 20 minutes, then add the roasted eggplant.

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Beans

Garbanzo Beans

Koda FarmsSan Joaquin Valley - California
$6
Ras El Hanout
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Ras El Hanout

New York ShukBrooklyn - New York
$9
Wild Mountain Cumin
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Wild Mountain Cumin

Burlap & BarrelBadakhshan - Afghanistan
$10
Cinnamon Verum
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Cinnamon Verum

Burlap & BarrelZanzibar - Tanzania
$10
Fine Sea Salt
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Fine Sea Salt

NectonOlhão - Portugal
$7
Ogglio
Olive Oil

Ogglio

OgglioSicily - Italy
$26

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