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Zaalouk, Moroccan aubergine salad

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 181.23kcal


  • 1 aubergine
  • 2 large tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic sliced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ¼ lemon for seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly chopped coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil


  • Start with the grilling of the aubergine. You can do this on a charcoal grill, or just hold the aubergine (with tongs) above the flame of a gas hob. You can use a camping cooker for this too (like I do).
  • Grill the aubergine until it is cooked evenly, and you can easily squeeze the flesh of the aubergine (careful not to burn your fingers).
  • The skin should be very lightly burned.
  • Place the aubergine in a tupperware, close the lid and leave to cool (The aubergine will continue cooking a bit while doing this).
  • After approx. 1 hour, peel the skin of the aubergine, and scrape out the lovely smoky flesh. Keep the flesh aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pan or heavy based pot, and sauté the garlic and spices for 30 seconds.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, and bring to a low simmer. Leave to simmer for 15 minutes, covered. (if your tomatoes are not very juicy you might want to add a splash of water)
  • Add the chopped flesh of the aubergine, and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Check the consistency of the zaalouk. If you like your zaalouk rustic you can leave it as it is. Otherwise;
  • If you prefer a creamy Zaalouk use a masher or a hand blender to mash. Until you reach your preferred consistency.
  • Check the seasoning, add salt and pepper if needed.
  • Add the juice from the lemon quarter and the fresh herbs..
  • Can be served hot or cold.



This is a very simple aubergine salad, but is immensely popular in Morocco. You often get it as dip, or as a side plate to your dish.
It keep up to 4 days in the fridge, and can be served cold.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 181.23kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.21g | Protein: 5.14g | Fat: 8.49g | Saturated Fat: 1.17g | Sodium: 1051mg | Fiber: 12.43g | Sugar: 14.1g | Vitamin A: 11.64IU | Vitamin C: 38.39mg | Calcium: 8.53mg | Iron: 17.61mg
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