Aubergine ‘steak’ with sourdough molé and hazelnuts

Aubergine ‘steak’ with sourdough molé and hazelnuts

A caramelised aubergine 'steak' is combined with a slow-cooked sourdough mole and hazelnut dukkah in this veg-centric barbecue recipe.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Use a sharp knife to slice the curved edges off the aubergines, lengthways (removing up to 2cm at the thickest part), to create a flat surface, like a steak. Do the same to the other aubergines
  2. Step 2

    Light a barbecue for indirect cooking over medium heat
  3. Step 3

    Once the flames have died down, heat a cast iron skillet and toast the sourdough pieces until golden all over, tossing regularly. Set aside 
  4. Step 4

    Add a splash of olive oil to the hot skillet. Season an aubergine slice with salt, then place it in the skillet and start to cook it slowly. Depending on the heat of your grill, the aubergine slices will take around 3 minutes to caramelise on each side 
  5. Step 5

    Remove the aubergine slice from the skillet and rest on the opposite side of the grill to the coals (or, even better, place it on a shelf or rack above your barbecue, where it can absorb the smoke). Repeat the previous frying step with the remaining aubergine slices before placing them to the side of the coals too
  6. Step 6

    Heat the olive oil in the skillet over a low heat and fry the garlic cloves until golden, then drain through a sieve (reserving the oil) and set aside
  7. Step 7

    Reheat the oil and fry the nuts until beginning to colour, then drain the oil through a sieve (again reserving the oil) and set the nuts aside
  8. Step 8

    Repeat the frying and draining process with the seeds
  9. Step 9

    Toast the ancho and pasilla chillies over the hot coals until fragrant, then chop roughly
  10. Step 10

    Heat a splash more oil in the skillet and fry the chopped chillies for 1 minute. Drain and set aside
  11. Step 11

    Add the tomato paste to the oil and cook out, stirring, for a minute or two
  12. Step 12

    Transfer the sourdough, garlic, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, ground cumin and smoked paprika to a stockpot, then fill with enough water to just cover everything
  13. Step 13

    Cook gently over a low heat for 4 hours, stirring occasionally and making sure the water level stays the same throughout the cooking time 
  14. Step 14

    Blitz everything to a smooth sauce, then pass through a sieve to remove any lumps
  15. Step 15

    Season the mole with salt, honey and orange zest to taste
  16. Step 16

    To make the sunflower seed gomasio, toast the sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds in a dry pan until starting to colour
  17. Step 17

    Transfer to a Thermomix with the salt and pul biber and blitz on speed 4 for 10 seconds
  18. Step 18

    To make the dukkah, toast the sesame, coriander, cumin and fennel seeds in a dry pan until fragrant, then transfer to a blender with the salt, peppercorns and half of the hazelnuts and blend on high speed blend for 10 seconds. Stir through the reserved nuts 
  19. Step 19

    To assemble the dish, divide the aubergine steaks between 4 plates, drizzle with the molé (at least 2 tablespoons, but as much as you want), then sprinkle with the hazelnut dukkah