Georgian eggplant rolls (nigvziani badrijani)

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As we are bang in the middle of the eggplant season, I have actually chosen to regale you with another BBQ-friendly eggplant dish (see this addicting miso lathered eggplant dish I positioned recently). I am an enormous eggplant fan– I like its adaptability and its fleshy texture that turns silky smooth if prepared right. For many years, I have actually utilized it to make smoky baba ganoush, to make reassuring bakes like moussaka or eggplant parmigiana, to turn it into meatballs, to stew it in a fragrant curry sauce and to turn it into an incredibly easy stir-fry. The possibilities are limitless.

Today’s dish is motivated by a Georgian meal referred to as nigvziani badrijani (packed eggplants), which is scrumptious and really ideal for al fresco cooking so it’s best for the BARBEQUE season. Its essential components– eggplants, walnuts, garlic and lemon– take place to be a few of my favourites too so it’s a no brainer! Generally eggplants get fried in oil, however as I am not an enormous fan of frying, particularly eggplants as they tend to take in a great deal of grease, my recommendation is to barbecue them on a BARBEQUE or a durable griddle pan rather. Not just is this technique of preparation healthier, they likewise wind up looking method more appetising too thanks to the lovely char lines.

The filling is made from walnuts, garlic, lemon juice and spices. Once again, this is definitely a departure from the custom, however my recommendation is to toast the walnuts gently prior to grinding them. It’s not a huge task– the simplest method is to spread them on a baking tray and whack it into the oven for 10 minutes– yet it includes bags of flavour to the meal!

You can make the filling in a food mill or squash the walnuts by hand in a pestle and mortar. It depends upon just how much time you have actually got on your hands and what texture of filling you choose. I wished to leave a little bit of crunch and texture seeing that eggplants have none as soon as prepared, so I transported my inner grandmother (who would not be seen dead anywhere near a food mill) and squashed the walnuts by hand– it’s not the worst task, truthfully.

In regards to spices, a Georgian cook would utilize their common spice mix, the melodically soundingkhmeli suneli My research study exposed, nevertheless, that a great deal of its unique flavour originates from the somewhat bitter fenugreek, which if you enjoy making Indian curries you might referred to as methi, so that’s what I utilized in combination with some coriander, cumin, smoked paprika and black pepper. It works well and while I twisted this Georgian special a little to fit my taste buds and the contents of my cabinet, it’s scrumptious and I hope you’ll enjoy my handle it too.

PS: If you make these Georgian eggplant rolls do not forget to tag me on Instagram as @lazycatkitchen and utilize the #lazycatkitchen hashtag. I like seeing your handles my dishes!

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  • makes: 16
  • preparation: 40 minutes
  • cooking: 30 minutes

Active Ingredients

  • 1.2 kg/ 42 oz (4 medium) aubergines
  • olive oil (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 135 g/ 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, carefully grated
  • 15-30 ml/ 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp smoked sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp entire fenugreek seeds *, crushed carefully
  • 10 ml/ 2 tsp date syrup, pomegranate molasses (or maple syrup)
  • 10 ml/ 2 tsp walnut oil, optional
  • fresh herbs (coriander, parsley, mint or basil), to garnish
  • pomegranate seeds or quick-pickled red onion, to garnish


  1. Cut your aubergines into 1 cm/ 0.4 ″ pieces lengthwise. Warm up a griddle pan (you can likewise utilize a low heat location of your BARBEQUE). As soon as the pan is hot, brush eggplant pieces with a bit of oil, season with salt and position them on the grill. Reduce the heat to low and permit the eggplants to grill gradually (about 10 minutes on each side at first– then a little less as the pan gets hotter) up until prepared through and charred. Brush the opposite with oil and grill the opposite for 10 minutes. You will require to do them in batches. Additionally, you might likewise prepare them in the oven (with no oil if chosen), like in this dish. As quickly as the eggplant pieces come off the pan, roll them up whilst they are still warm.
  2. OPTIONAL: While the eggplants are charring, toast the walnuts on a dry frying pan or in a 160 ° C/ 320 ° F up until golden, about 10 minutes. You can avoid this action however I discover that it truly improves the flavour.
  3. OPTIONAL: Grate the garlic and location it in a little bowl with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice– it will make the garlic taste more mellow without the requirement to prepare it.
  4. Once the walnuts are cool, crush in a pestle and mortar or grind them in a food mill. I choose the previous as it enables me to manage the texture much better and I like to leave the filling a little chunky to contrast with the smooth eggplant flesh. If you choose it to be smooth and velvety, utilize a food mill.
  5. Season the walnuts with lemon juice and garlic mix, ground spices, date syrup and salt and pepper. Lastly drip a little warm water (I utilized 90 ml/ 6 tablespoon) to the walnuts while processing/ squashing them by hand and a touch of walnut oil (you can utilize olive oil or avoid) to make the filling less crumbly.
  6. Unfurl eggplant pieces, position a loaded teaspoon of the mix at the largest end of the piece and roll the eggplant up securely (you can utilize wood toothpicks to hold them in location).
  7. Organize on a plate/ plate, embellish with sliced herbs and pomegranate seeds (or diced pickled onion if pomegranates run out season).


* The conventional Georgian dish utilizes a spice combined calledkhmeli suneli If you can discover it, include it to taste.

If you desire more details on a few of the components that we utilize in our dishes, have a look at our glossary.

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