Dhruv Baker’s Caponata
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The cumin and fennel seeds add a lovely aromatic flavour to this Sicilian stew.
1 Heat a large frying pan and when hot add the olive oil and the aubergines. When the aubergines have started to colour, after about 10 mins, add the cumin and fennel seeds and cook for a further 5 mins.
2 Add the onion and garlic and stir-fry for another 5 mins. Add the vinegar and olives and stir well; cook for another 5 mins then add the tomatoes. Leave to cook over a medium heat for 10 mins.
3 Scatter over the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Serve hot or cold (See Britalian Tip).
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