Roasted Brinjal (Aubergine) and Tomato Soup

This was inevitable! BRINJALS (in a soup)!!! This soup had to be made (and shared) and after trial and error, ooh-ing and aha-ing, I finally decided to put this together in this version, after trying out a few combinations, all of which included brinjal, were worth the trial! 

I’ve been roasting veggies for my soups for a while now, which add immense depth and flavor.  With the roasting of both the brinjal and tomato, and trying it both times I made this soup, you could retain the skins or just use the soft fleshy pulp of both these veggies. Roasting the garlic too provided fuller flavor, however, watch for garlic burn, as they are quick roasting. I found though that the skins on add to the flavor and taste of this low carb yet nourishing soup.

A word of warning for brinjal lovers…this soup could be addictive.  Served with freshly baked nut butter bread, you indeed have a warming winter winner!


3 medium tomatoes, halved

1 large eggplant (800g), halved lengthwise (I used 3 smaller ones)
1 medium onion, halved
6 large garlic cloves, peeled
2 tablespoons ghee or olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
4 cups home-made chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup coconut cream (you can add more to taste, or skip this entirely)
Freshly ground Himalayan salt and black pepper to taste
cumin, fresh green chilli, red chilli flakes and cayenne pepper

Tahini (which adds a creamy texture)

Here’s How

  • Preheat oven to 200°C. Arrange tomatoes, eggplant, onion and garlic on a large baking sheet, or two smaller ones if you have a smaller oven. Brush or drizzle vegetables with olive oil then roast them for 20 minutes, pausing only to remove the garlic cloves and returning the pan(s) to the oven for another 25 minutes, until the remaining vegetables are tender and brown in spots. 
  • Remove from oven and scoop eggplant from skin into a large pot or cut up with the skins on if you prefer. Add the rest of the vegetables, the thyme and the chicken or vegetable stock and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until onion is very tender, about 45 minutes

  • Cool slightly.
  • Working in batches, puree soup in blender until it is as smooth as you’d like it to be. (Or, if you have an immersion blender, you can do this in the pot.) Back in the pot, add the coconut cream if you prefer, and bring the soup back to a simmer.  

  • Season with freshly ground salt and pepper and serve hot.
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Prava Singh

A Mom, daughter, wife, sister, aunt and friend experiencing life through an evolutionary body with a revolutionary mind... A recent past former Type 2 insulin dependent and hypertensive walking time-bomb for 13.5 years, I have made positive lifestyle changes that has aided and abetted my health status for my overall betterment. Passionate about all things food, with a proud Indian heritage, I regularly blog my culinary attempts that have worked for me in my endeavours to break the shackles of food addictions and food slavery. Passionate about people too, my decision to share these endeavours is driven by informing others that a lifestyle change through food is indeed possible. I have indeed survived high school and survived life too in the most interesting and thought-provoking ways. Having lost over 50kgs of excess weight in just under a year, I have reclaimed my life and am thoroughly enjoying the journey.

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