Spicy Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Cilantro

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This traditional Indian dish is called baingan bharta. Serve it with naan or rice.

2 medium eggplants (about 2 pounds 6 ounces total), halved lengthwise
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large onions, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ginger
1 pound tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 350*F. Oil a rimmed baking sheet; place eggplant halves, cut side down, on sheet. Roast eggplant until flesh is soft, about 1 hour. Cool slightly. Using spoon, scoop pulp from eggplant halves into medium bowl; mash. Discard skins.

Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add ginger and stir 1 minute. Add tomatoes and next 4 ingredients; sauté 5 minutes to blend flavors. Add eggplant and stir until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm before serving.)  Makes 6 servings.

Source:  Bon Appétit

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