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In London, broiled tahini and creamy yogurt update a Middle Eastern classic

Roasted Eggplant with Caramelized Tahini and Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

45 minutes

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Roasted Eggplant with Caramelized Tahini and Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

This recipe marries the most delicious qualities of the roasted eggplant dishes we tasted in a handful of London’s many modern Middle Eastern restaurants. Tahini spiked with garlic, lemon, pomegranate molasses and soy sauce (for umami) is spread onto roasted eggplant, where it browns deeply under the broiler, resulting in amazing depth of flavor that’s a perfect flavor accent to the creamy, subtly sweet eggplant. A tzatziki-like cucumber-yogurt sauce is a bracing counterbalance, while a sprinkling of pistachios and herbs offer texture, color and freshness. You will need a broiler-safe rimmed baking sheet for this recipe; if yours is nonstick (which likely is not broiler-safe), line it with foil to protect the coating.




Don’t walk away from the eggplant after placing it under the broiler. The tahini mixture browns quickly and can scorch.

45 minutes

Kenneth C.
August 7, 2022
caramelized tahini eggplant
Outstanding combination of flavors!
Robert S.

I just made this for tonight's dinner and my wife said it is a "flavor BOMB"!! Great job Milk Street, I will definitely make it again.

Patricia C.

This was fantastic. Even my mom, a known vegetable hater, loved it. I have tahini mixture leftover so I am going to make this again, right away.

Scott P.

This was unarguably delicious, but on both of the occasions I made it, there was too much liquid released by the roasted eggplant, diluting some of the flavor punch of the tahini and tzatziki. Not sure how to solve this.

Juli L.

Try looking for eggplant that are LIGHT for their size. Picking out good eggplant is the exact opposite of picking out most vegetables and fruits, where you want ones that are heavy for their size. Light eggplant are the best.

Donna C.

I'm having a hard time finding pomegranate molasses. Is there an acceptable substitute?

Lynn C.

Hi Donna -

Nothing can quite replicate the flavor of pomegranate molasses, but the closest approximation would be equal parts lemon juice and honey (in this case, 1 1/2 teaspoons of each).

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