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Spicy and delicious Tandoori eggplant – coated with a tasty and better-for-you Tandoori marinade – featuring Mazola® Corn Oil, spices, and herbs – and then grilled to perfection on a grill pan over the gas flames. And, it’s vegan too. This smoky Tandoori-spiced eggplant is a perfect dish to start with your summer-time grilling. A clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, visit Mazola.com.

Mazola oil Tandoori eggplant

Summertime is all about grilling, outdoor fun, and getting together with people. If you love the idea of eating more veggies, then try this easy grilled recipe. The marinade is simple, has only a tablespoon of Mazola® Corn Oil and some ethnic spices. The dark, rich color of the eggplants is all because of the marinade.

Tandoori eggplant

Mazola Corn Oil is an all-purpose, cholesterol-free cooking oil that is a smart heart-healthy choice for your family. Variety of uses include baking, grilling, sautéing, stir-frying, or mixing up a marinade or dressing.

Eggplant tandoori

This tandoori dish is a spicy grilled eggplant recipe, which can be grilled, baked, broiled or even pan-fried/air-fried.

Tandoori spiced eggplant

I am grilling these on a seasoned grill pan, but feel free to add them in skewer and bake or grill them directly on the flames. Eggplants cook really quick; so, keep and an when you directly cook them over the flame.

Mazola eggplant tandoori

Mazola Corn Oil is a heart-healthy* cooking oil and creates marinades that make great-tasting food because it has a neutral taste that lets the natural flavor of your food stand out.

Mazola corn oil

A clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, visit Mazola.com.

Tandoori eggplant tikka

This Tandoori eggplant dish is not only delicious but also nutritious. Eggplants are low-carb vegetables and offer a number of plant-based minerals and vitamins. If you have never cooked eggplants at home, here are some tips for you. 

Selecting Eggplants for Tandoori Eggplant:

Selecting eggplants
  • Always looks for eggplants with smooth, shiny skin. 
  • To test for ripeness, just press a finger against the eggplant skin lightly and it should leave an imprint. This means the eggplant is ripe. 
  • Choose eggplants that are pointy at the end. These eggplants tend to be sweeter, and have fewer seeds.

Cutting Eggplants:

Eggplants in turmeric rub
  • If you are not broiling eggplants, you don’t really need to remove their skin after cooking.
  • Just cut the eggplants into chunks, slices or any how you want. 
  • Always soak eggplants in water or slather them in marinade to avoid blackening of the flesh.
  • A basic salt rub helps eggplant to lose some moisture and bitterness. That means, this is an essential step.

Cooking with Eggplants: 

Grilling eggplants

Eggplants are versatile vegetables. This vegetable is perfect for grilling, sautéing, roasting, curries, dips and even works in lentil-based recipes like this instant pot sambar

Tandoori Eggplant Recipe:

Eggplant steaks

How To Make Tandoori Eggplant?

How to cook tandoori eggplant

Here are the ingredients to make this tandoori eggplant dish.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients of tandoori baigan

1 large eggplant cut into cubes or slices (approx 1 lb), 1 tsp turmeric powder, Salt to taste

Tandoori Marinade:

Tnadoori marinade

1 tbsp Mazola® Corn Oil and more to brush the pan, 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste(freshly ground), 1 tsp paprika ground. 1/2 tsp ground cayenne (more If you enjoy hot dishes), 1 tsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala, 1 tbsp tomato paste, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp lime juice (optional), Salt to taste 

Skewers:

1/2 cup Cubes of Red, green and yellow peppers, 2 cups eggplant cubes, 1/4 cup tandoori marinade 

To Serve:

Cucumbers, Lettuce, Mint yogurt chutney

Method:

Cut the eggplant into spices or cubes. Rub the pieces or slices with salt and turmeric and set aside for 10-minutes.

Eggplants in turmeric rub
  • Prepare the marinade and combining all spices and then adding Mazola® Corn Oil first. Mix it well and then add rest all ingredients. The marinade should look thick yet liquid-like.
  • Heat a seasoned cast iron grill pan. 
Eggplant marinated w/ tandoori paste
  • Slather both the sides of the eggplant slices with the tandoori marinade and place them on the grill pan. 
  • Cook the slices under medium to high flame until each side has nice grill marks and eggplants are tender yet not super-soft. 
Eggplant tandoori
  • Serve these tandoori eggplant steaks with salad and mint raita.
Tandoori eggplant skewers
  • For tandoori skewers, marinate the cubes in 1/2-1/3 cup of the marinade. Now grill them on a grill pan for 1-2 minutes on each side. This step ensures that eggplants are fully cooked when grilled with the skewer.
  • Place eggplant cubes with onions and peppers in a skewer.
  • Grill them directly over the flame or charcoal grill while brushing with the Mazola® Corn Oil or cook them on a seasoned cast iron pan.
Grilling eggplant skewers
  • Serve these warm with mint raita and chutney. 
  • Enjoy!
Tandoori spiced eggplant skewers and steak
Spicy eggplant tandoori

Tandoori Eggplant

Spicy and delicious Tandoori eggplants – coated with a tasty and better-for-you Tandoori marinade – featuring Mazola® Corn Oil, spices, and herbs – and then grilled to perfection on a grill pan over gas flames. And, it’s vegan too. This smoky Tandoori-spiced eggplant is a perfect dish to start with your summer-time grilling. 
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Eggplant steak, Eggplant tikka, Spicy eggplant tikka, Tandoori eggplant, vegan eggplant tandoori
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 74kcal
Author: Sophie
Cost: $6

Equipment

  • Grill pan

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant cut into cubes or slices approx 1 lb
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

Tandoori Marinade

  • 1 tbsp Mazola® Corn Oil and more to brush the pan
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste freshly ground
  • 1 tsp paprika ground. 1/2 tsp ground cayenne more If you enjoy hot dishes
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp lime juice optional
  • Salt to taste

Skewer Tandoori Eggplants

  • 1/2 cup Cubes of Red, green and yellow peppers
  • 2 cups eggplant cubes
  • 1/4 cup tandoori marinade

To Serve

  • Cucumbers, Lettuce, Mint yogurt chutney

Instructions

  • Cut the eggplant into spices or cubes. Rub the pieces or slices with salt and turmeric and set aside for 10-minutes.
    Eggplants in turmeric rub
  • Prepare the marinade and combining all spices and then adding Mazola® Corn Oil first. Mix it well and then add rest all ingredients. The marinade should look thick yet liquid-like.
    Tnadoori marinade
  • Heat a seasoned cast iron grill pan and brush it with Mazola® Corn Oil.
  • Slather both the sides of the eggplant slices with the tandoori marinade and place them on the grill pan.
    Eggplant marinated w/ tandoori paste
  • Cook the slices under medium to high flame until each side has nice grill marks and eggplants are tender yet not super-soft.
    Grilling eggplants
  • Serve these tandoori eggplant steaks with salad and mint raita.
  • For tandoori skewers, marinate the cubes in 1/2-1/3 cup of the marinade. Now grill them on a grill pan for 1-2 minutes on each side. This step ensures that eggplants are fully cooked when grilled with the skewer.
    Grilling eggplant skewers
  • Place eggplant cubes with onions and peppers in a skewer.
  • Grill them directly over the flame or charcoal grill while brushing with the Mazola® Corn Oil or cook them on a seasoned cast iron pan.
    Tandoori eggplant skewers
  • Serve these warm with mint raita and chutney.
  • Enjoy!
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Notes

Instant Pot Grilling W/ CrispLid:

  • Preheat the Crisplid at 350F for 7-minutes.
  • Meanwhile, line the inner pot of your IP with parchment paper or aluminum foil. This will help to catch the drip from the eggplant slices while grilling on the CrispLid basket.
  • Brush the inner basket with Mazola® Corn Oil and place the eggplant slices. Set the timer for 8-minutes to cook the eggplant slices.
  • If your eggplant slices are thin, cook them for 5-minutes.
  • After the cooking time, flip them and cook again for 3-5 minutes depending on the desired doneness you want. I like tender yet not very soft eggplants, so a total time of 8+5 minutes work for me since my eggplants are sliced really thick.
  • After grilling, serve them with mint raita and salads.

Air-Fryer Grilling:

  • Preheat the air-fryer at 350F for 5-minutes.
  • Meanwhile, line the air-fryer racks with parchment paper or aluminum foil. This will help to catch the drip from the eggplant slices while grilling .
  • Spray the lined racks with Mazola® Corn Oil and place the eggplant slices. Set the timer for 6-minutes to cook the eggplant slices.
  • If your eggplant slices are thin, cook them for 4-minutes.
  • After the cooking time, flip them and cook again for 3-5 minutes depending on the desired doneness you want. I like tender yet not very soft eggplants, so a total time of 10 minutes work for me since my eggplants are sliced really thick.
  • After grilling, serve them with mint raita and salads.
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Nutrition

Serving: 300g | Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.8g | Protein: 2.58g | Fat: 1.2g | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 2.9g
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Easy, spiced Tandoori eggplant

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5 comments

Patty at Spoonabilities May 22, 2020 - 7:10 pm

5 stars
What a great alternative for the grill this summer, especially for vegetarian friends! I never thought of using eggplant as a “steak” and can’t wait to try this out. Love the skewers too!

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Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness May 22, 2020 - 8:15 pm

5 stars
My husband doesn’t like eggplant, so more for me, right?? But to be honest, this looks so good I am sure he would like it prepared this way. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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Biana May 22, 2020 - 9:21 pm

5 stars
I love the marinade and grilled eggplant! What a great idea for eating veggies in the summer.

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Traci May 22, 2020 - 10:31 pm

5 stars
Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables and the tandoori marinade has so much flavor! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Kushigalu May 22, 2020 - 10:50 pm

5 stars
Love tandoori flavors. This one looks fantastic. Pinned!

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