Aubergine pilau with garlicky yogurt

This wholesome and earthy pilau dish, packed with spinach and aubergine, uses ready-cooked wholegrain rice for a super quick meal

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:10 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 319
  • fat 11g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 39g
  • sugars 10g
  • fibre 8g
  • protein 11g
  • salt 1.3g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, 1 finely chopped, the other finely grated
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 aubergine (about 350g), diced
  • 150g pot plain bio-yogurt
  • 250g pouch cooked wholegrain pilau rice
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach (about 75g)
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint, plus a few extra leaves


  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick wok or deep sauté pan and add the chopped garlic, ginger, chilli and cumin seeds. Cook, stirring, until the garlic has softened. Add the aubergine and stir-fry for about 1 min more, then cover the pan and let it steam-fry for about 7 mins, stirring every now and then until the aubergine is tender, but still holds its shape. While it cooks, mix the yogurt with the grated garlic and some seasoning.

  2. Add the rice and spinach to the pan and cook briefly to heat the rice and wilt the spinach. Stir in the mint and serve with the garlicky yogurt scattered with a few extra mint leaves.

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