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Grilled Eggplant Recipe with Indian-Spiced Beef

Add traditional Indian spices to give this grilled eggplant recipe comforting warmth and a kick of flavor.

From “The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook”
August 2015

  • Try substituting your favorite squash and meat combinations to create new, yummy versions of this recipe.
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Yield: Serves 4

Seasonal farm-to-table eating has never tasted so good! Cookbook author Diana Rodgers offers more than 100 recipes in The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook (Victory Belt Publishing, 2015). Not only does Rodgers deliver healthy, delicious recipes, she also offers advice to help anyone—whether living in the suburbs, the country or a cramped city apartment—maintain balance through a connection with their food and lifestyle choices. The following recipe for grilled eggplant will lend you warmth as summer begins turning to fall.

This book can be purchased from the Mother Earth Living store: Homegrown Paleo.

To me, grilling eggplant is the best way to eat this wonderful summer vegetable. Stacks of eggplant layered with spicy beef (also called kheema) make for a warm and comforting dish on a cool late-summer evening. I know you’ll love this elegant and simple dish as much as I do. I like to use a combination of eggplant varieties. Feel free to use any eggplant you like, though the smaller ones taste less bitter.

Notes: I also love this dish with grilled zucchini instead of eggplant and ground lamb instead of beef.

Grilled Eggplant Recipe with Indian-Spiced Beef


For the beef:
• 3 tablespoons ghee
• 2 cups diced white onion
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
• 2 teaspoons ground coriander
• 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon garam masala
• 1 pound ground beef
• 2 cups diced tomatoes
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

For the eggplant:
• 2 large eggplants, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds or lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick planks
• 1/4 cup ghee, melted
• Sea salt and ground black pepper


1. Make the spiced beef: In a large skillet, heat the ghee over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes.

2. Add the garlic, ginger, coriander, paprika, cumin, and garam masala and cook for another 3 minutes.

3. Add the beef, breaking up the clumps with a spatula. Cook until the beef is no longer pink.

4. Stir in the tomatoes, jalapeño, salt, pepper, and water. Cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes.

5. Add the vinegar and turn off the heat. Set aside.

6. Stir in the cilantro and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.

7. Make the eggplant: Heat a grill to medium heat.

8. Rub the ghee over the eggplant slices and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.

9. Place the eggplant on the grill. Cook for about 3 minutes on one side, then flip and continue cooking for another 5 minutes or so, until the eggplant softens.

10. To assemble the dish, start by placing one eggplant slice at the bottom, cover with a layer of the beef mixture, then add another eggplant, one more layer of beef and top with a final eggplant. Garnish with cilantro


More from Homegrown Paleo

Primal Spring Turnip, Beet and Carrot Gratin Recipe
Vietnamese Beef Salad Recipe with Peaches and Herbs

This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook by Diana Rodgers and published by Victory Belt Publishing, 2015. Purchase this book form our store: Homegrown Paleo.

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