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Recipe

Sorghum and roasted eggplant salad with pomegranate dressing

Sorghum is the new kid on the gluten-free grain block. Try it in this gorgeous vegetarian salad that's spiked with herbs, spices and drizzled with an irresistible pomegranate dressing. Created by Emma Galloway for Taste Magazine

By Emma Galloway
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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For more recipes, tips and inspiration from Emma Galloway, check out her blog mydarlinglemonthyme.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sorghum
  • 2 medium eggplants, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • fine sea salt
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 red chilli, finely chopped (deseed for less heat)
  • 2 tablespoon lightly toasted sesame seeds
  • large handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • large handful mint, roughly chopped
  • large handful coriander, leaves and tender stalks roughly chopped
Pomegranate dressing
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon pomegranate molasses (available from Middle Eastern stores and specialty food shops)
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • fine sea salt

Method

  • 1
    Cook sorghum using instructions below. Let cool.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C. Line two oven trays with baking paper and grease well with olive oil.
  • 3
    Slice eggplants into 1cm rounds and quarter each one. Transfer to trays, drizzle with the oil, scatter over fennel and cumin seeds, and season well with fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 4
    Mix well, using your hands to evenly coat the eggplant in oil. Spread out in a single layer on trays and roast for 15-20 minutes or until golden underneath. Flip each piece over and cook for a further 10 minutes or until golden and tender. Remove from the oven and set aside until cooled to room temperature.
  • 5
    To make the dressing, mix honey and pomegranate molasses in a bowl. Whisk well, add lemon juice and cider vinegar, then drizzle in olive oil while whisking to form an emulsified dressing. Season with fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 6
    Combine sorghum, cooled eggplant, spring onions, chilli, sesame seeds and herbs in a large bowl. Add dressing, mix well and serve.
How to cook sorghum
  • 7
    To cook, bring 3 cups (750ml) water to the boil in a medium saucepan, add 1 cup (180g) sorghum, cover, reduce to a simmer and cook 45-50 minutes. To reduce cooking time and improve digestibility, try soaking the sorghum in measured water overnight, then cook the following day. You can find sorghum at most health food stores and selected supermarkets.

Notes

  • Sorghum's high protein and dietary fibre content make it a great nourishing wholegrain alternative to couscous or rice. It has a lovely nutty flavour and retains a slight chewy texture when cooked.

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