Grilled eggplant is a dish prepared by grilling eggplant slices on a hot griddle or grill pan, after being commonly rubbed with a mix of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Eggplant, the key ingredient used in preparation of grilled eggplant dish, is also known by several other names viz. brinjal, aubergine, guinea squash, and melongene, and is a vegetable native to India.
The variations of the dish are explained in terms of distinct ingredients used for brushing the eggplants prior to grilling process. Various seasonings and herbs like parsley and basil can be used on eggplant slices before grilling them. The grilled eggplants are best served when warm; however, they can be served in chilled form too, with the dish pairing well with linguini and French bread.
Ingredients and Preparation
The ingredients suggested as per the standard grilled eggplant recipe include salt, pepper, eggplants, butter, hot pepper flakes, garlic, lime juice and coriander.
Seasoned eggplant slices brushed with a mixture of melted butter, lime juice, coriander, hot pepper flakes and garlic are often basted with a butter mix while grilling
Grilled Eggplant Recipe Variations
A couple of popular variations of grilled eggplant dish have been discussed below:
- A recipe for grilled eggplant suggests brushing one side of the eggplant slices with basting sauce prepared by combining together garlic cloves, parsley, basil, and salt. Thereafter, the eggplant slices are grilled after brushing them with olive oil, and served after drizzling olive oil and sprinkling ground pepper on top. Though, most of the recipes suggest serving the dish warm, however this dish tastes best when served in chilled form as an appetizer or salad with French bread.
- Grilled eggplants can be served with French bread slices.
- The grilled dish can be served with linguini. Linguini is boiled, and tossed along with a mix of grilled eggplant, tomatoes, pine nuts, and garlic, and the dish is served after topping with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Nutrition and Health Facts
99 g of eggplant provides around 33 calories obtained mainly from 237 mg of sodium, 8 g of carbohydrates, and 1 g of protein. Eggplant is a good source of several minerals and vitamins viz. folate, dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, niacin, thiamin, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins B6, C, and K. Further, the vegetable is low in cholesterol, sodium, and fat. Due to presence of healthy nutrients in eggplants, the grilled eggplant dish is considered to be quite healthy with respect to facilitating the weight loss process, and maintaining optimum overall health.