Sunday, 8 February 2009


My memory of having aubergine or bringle was not so nice really. Every time I ate aubergine it started to itch on my tongue and sometimes all over the body. Yeah I know it was quite nasty but mum ma never made just aubergines on its own thankfully other than the Hyderabad's dish. Any way after i got married and came to UK it sort of changed. I invented a dish inspired by the Arabian dish called dolma. Dolma basically means stuffed vegetables but the most popular there is a marrow or torai as we call it back home. when I made it the first time every one including me ate it in one go. Its quite hard to find dishes made with aubergines that taste that good. Its been almost 6 years I've been making this and enjoy making it because its simple and easy to make has very little oils and tastes great with both rice or bread(chapati,pitta). Kids love to join in and help they never let a chance go by to help me out with anything. This helps them to learn new skills and me I learn how to be patient. There is one more thing that I've learnt from my kids over the last 5 years kids will be messy and and will not be perfect,so please if you're looking for you kids to help ignore all the mess and enjoy them and the dish you're making....


  • 3 tsp Salt

  • 1tsp Black pepper

  • Pinch or turmeric

  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder more if you like it hot

  • 600g Tomatoes (just about a can and half)

  • 1 Aubergines

  • 1/4 kg Mince meat

  • 6 Tbsp Olive Oil ( I use it you can use any vegetable)

  • 2 tsp ginger and garlic paste

  • 2-3 tsp ground zeera

  • 1/2 pack mozzarella (optional)


  • Pre- heat oven to 220 deg

  • Use a non sticking baking dish.

  • Cut the aubergine in to vertical half, with the stem on.

  • With the help of a round scoop or a table spoon, scoop out the center of the aubergine.

  • Scoop out as closely to the skin as possible making it look like a small oval bowl.

  • Then in a small bowl 3 Tbsp spoons oil and 1 1/2 tsp salt mix well.

  • With the help of a baking brush brush it all over the aubergine bowls you have made. cover it well this will prevent it from going black/brown. and add to the taste.leave aside in the baking dish.

  • Now cut the aubergine pulp ( center ) that you scooped out earlier into very very small cubes as small as you were cutting onions for the omelet.

  • Add 3 tbsp oil to a pan let it warm up a bit and than add ginger garlic paste.

  • Now add mince meat,aubergines(cut in small pieces), rest of the salt,turmeric,chilli powder,black pepper powder,zeera powder.

  • Stir well till it turns brown than add tomatoes. cook it well till it starts to show some oil.

  • Fill in the aubergines with the mince meat prepared.

  • Place them in the oven.

  • Bake for 35 Min's or until when you press the stem it mashes up between you fingers. or if that is difficult try a piercing with a tooth pick in the skin.

  • Sprinkle some cheese on top and and bake for another 5min or till it golden brown. This last step is optional.

This is one of my favourites as well. I can eat this as often as possible.i love to make it because its easy to make and takes only about 45 Min's to get ready, usually i serve it with bread, but its tastes even better with white boiled rice. its great party food as well as just made on a day you want to lazy and don't feeling spending too much time in the kitchen. I hope you will enjoy making it as much as i do ....enjoy...:~)


  1. i remember when u were making it we were all like huh?? what is she making but when we had was soooo good the taste is actually still there....

  2. Hi
    I am john and planning to try this receipie of yours tonight have bought all the ingredients....see how it turn up, if not good then I will be posting it to you to eat and if turn well I will be using this for my restaurant in scotland if you allow.....;-) cannot wait....

  3. ok i tried this recipe today and it turned out soOOoo gOOd..i cant tell u so i logged in right away to thank u !
    thank u maria apa..u are really a good cook.

  4. hello john...i hope you've tried the recipe and hope it turns out good...thanks for trying...:)do let me know how its turned definately even if was not as good i'd like to know...thanks...

  5. great yaar kiran...i'm really glad you guys liked it...thank you...:~)

  6. Hi mayazs, you are a star, this recipe turned out too good I cannot believe it is fantastic and I made it twice on this weekend, I am also going to try some other stuff of yours and will let you know.
    kind regards

  7. hi there john...i'm glad you liked the recipe and are enjoying it try them for sure and leave a comment cos i would love to know what you think of it and your comments will definately help me improve and work harder...thanks again...:~)

  8. making this tonight ... surely will leave a comment how it turns out, although I am 100% sure it would be one of the best dishes ever made by me, THANKS TO YOU for sharing !!

  9. I made this and it was just AMAZING - You're a SUPER STAR !! LOVED IT ... will surely make it again and will also make AAAALLLL the other recipes. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing them with us. We are so lucky to have you in our family !!!

  10. Hi,
    This is ayesha arif.I made this came out superb..I am sure going to make it again.Thanks Maria.Post more dishes.Now i know you are a great cook.
    I am going to try other dishes too and post a comment for sure,

    Take care

  11. thanks diya..and thanks ayesha..i'm glad you liked my recipes ..will surely put some up but you might just have to wait for a couple of weeks now before i do so...till than i hope you will try other dishes and that they turn out well ...thanks again...:)


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