Motabbal with Roasted Vegetables
griddled pot, bowl with lid, oven, baking sheet
There are two ways for burnin or grilling the eggplants. Both are easy but the result would be slightly different. First is using a griddled pot over a gas hob, which gives the “Motabbal dish” a vibrant rich & smoky aroma but would make a mess out of your kitchen. The other way is grilling them in the oven which provides a less messy and also less smoky result.
- 1 kg eggplant
- griddled pot
My usual way for burning/smoking things like eggplants is using the griddled pot over gas hobs with medium-high flames. Cutting some scores over the eggplants’ flesh helps their steam comes out and prevent them from bursting.
- bowl with lid
Burn/cook the eggplants over high flame until the outside is charcoal-ish black & burnt, while getting juicy & cooked; rotating them halfway through. It takes around 30-45. depending on the eggplants size and the heat of your hob. Rest the cooked eggplants in lidded bowl until cool enough to handle. This results a much more easier peeling process.
- 200 g zucchini
- 200 g parsnips
- 200 g carrots
- 200 g mixed beets
- baking sheet
While the eggplants are being burnt or resting, prepare the vegetables. Toss them really well with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange onto a baking sheet. Roast in the upper part of a preheated oven at 190-200 C. for 20-25 min. until charred and tender to your preference.
- olive oil
- 200 g tahini
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp yogurt (optional)
Peel off the eggplant and discard the skin. Fluff the flesh with a fork in a bowl. It would result for about 1.5-2 cups of smoked eggplant. Add tahini, yogurt if using, garlic and lemon juice. Season with sea salt and freshly grated black pepper. Stir well, taste and adjust the seasoning.
Transfer to a serving plate and set aside until the vegetables are ready. It could be simply served at this step, drizzled with olive oil and garnished with some parsley, chili flakes, sesame seeds or zaatar.
- sesame seed (for garnish)
- smoked paprika powder (for garnish)
- Zaatar (for garnish)
- parsley (for garnish)
For serving, arrange the vegetables over motabbal in a desired way. Garnish with za’atar, sesame seeds and paprika. Drizzle some olive oil over and scatter parsley leaves here and there.
- pita (for serving)
Enjoy with fresh pita and some salad, a kind of tangy delicious Fattoush or Tabbouleh might be the best mate here.
Enjoy your meal!