Recipe from Happy Fast Food - out now
An Israeli streetfood classic
Serves — 4 people
Prep time — 30
Cooking time — 10-15
FOR THE SALAD
3 plum tomatoes, cored and diced
½large cucumber, diced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
a handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil
juice of ½ lemon
½teaspoon each ground cumin and sumac salt and freshly ground black pepper
FOR THE TAHINI SAUCE
2 cloves of garlic crushed
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 tablespoons tahini
¼teaspoon ground cumin
FOR THE AUBERGINE
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large aubergine, in 1cm-thick discs
4 pitta breads
8 tablespoons any Hummus
4 hard-boiled eggs, cooled, peeled, slice
4 tablespoons quality mango chutney
Combine all the salad ingredients in a bowl, mix thoroughly and check the seasoning.
Combine thecabbage ingredients together in a bowl with ½ teaspoon of salt
For the tahini sauce, blend the garlic and lemon juice together in a small food processor first to remove some of the harshness of the garlic. Then add the tahini, cumin, 2tablespoons of cold water and blend until smooth and drizzle-able, adding more water if too thick. Season with salt to taste.
When ready to cook the aubergine, heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat until shimmering. Fry the aubergine until golden brown and tender, turning once, about 5 minutes on each side. Place on a tray lined with kitchen paper and sprinkle with a little salt.
Wipe out the pan, return to the heat and toast the pitta breads for 30 seconds on each side. Slit a little pocket in the top of each. Smear 2 tablespoons of hummus inside each pitta, stuff in 3–4 fried aubergine slices and one sliced egg, top with the salad and cabbage, dollop on a tablespoon of mango chutney, drizzle over as much tahini sauce as you want, and scatter over the parsley.
Eat immediately, with lots of napkins.
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