How to Make Vegetables Deliciously Unhealthy: Deep-Fried Aubergine

Deep Fried AuberginesTime for another deliciously unhealthy vegetable dish. For once, this doesn’t mean the addition of butter, cream, cheese or bacon. Instead, it just involves a little light batter and some deep-frying.

I was trying to replicate a dish I had in Greece, and although not as delicious as the one I enjoyed in a beachfront taverna, my version wasn’t bad.

Ingredients

1 large aubergine
85g plain flour
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp salt
200ml ice cold water
Sunflower oil for frying

Method

Cut the aubergine into 1cm slices and place on pieces of kitchen towel or in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Leave for about 30 minutes. Aubergines are like sponges when it comes to absorbing oil; the salt will help to reduce the amount they soak up when cooked.

Make the batter just before you are about fry. Sift the plain flour and cornflour with the salt and paprika into a mixing bowl. Slowly beat in the water until you have a thick paste. Place the aubergine slices into the batter and coat thoroughly.

Heat up a frying pan filled about a third full of sunflower oil. Once the oil is very hot, fry the aubergine slices for a few minutes on each side until golden. Gently remove each aubergine slice from the pan and place on kitchen roll so that excess oil is absorbed. Serve while piping hot.

Deep-fried aubergines make an appetizing starter. The batter is light and crispy while the aubergine is rich and creamy. They taste even better when accompanied by an icy cold, dry white wine.

If you enjoy making vegetables deliciously unhealthy, try these recipes:

Mushroom Stroganoff
Braised Greens with Bacon
Courgette Cakes
Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Cauliflower Cheese
Fanny's Assorted Vegetable Fritters