Brinjal Caponata (Purple Aubergine with Cumin & Curry Leaves)

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Ingredients: aubergine, sesame seed oil, sugar, apple cider vinegar, chilies, fresh garlic, fresh ginger, cumin, sea salt, turmeric, assorted spices, fresh curry leaves

“Brinjal,” or eggplant, with its hearty flesh, gleaming purple skin and caviar-like seeds, is considered the “king of vegetables” in the Middle East and South Asia. Revered in Indian folklore, it is said to attract untold prosperity and treasure.

This treasure of a relish has its origins in Western India and, much like its Provençal, Sicilian and Spanish sisters, its sweet-and-sour taste has a natural affinity to oil-rich grilled fish, lamb, nutty cheeses and breads.

Paired with ricotta cheese or Greek yogurt, it crowns the humble pita chip. Swirled into a traditional mashed potato, it serves as an outstanding base for an Asian-inspired meatloaf. Rolled into a flatbread under a “masala” (spiced) omelette, you have breakfast on-the-go.


  • smoked chicken
  • oil-rich fish
  • yogurt or labneh
  • eggs, any style
  • hard sharp cheeses
  • yellow lentils and rice
  • salad dressing
  • marinade for lamb

Made by: Naomi J. Mobed, who's bio reads like a novel: born in Karachi; raised in Tehran; lived in Hong Kong; educated in Princeton, Boston and London; worked in New York, Paris, then Dubai, then Muscat, then Johannesburg and all points in-between... Inspired by her heritage and experiences in Africa, Middle East and South Asia, Le Bon Magot products are developed from heirloom recipes using natural ingredients, high-quality and seasonal produce, custom-blended aromatics and no preservatives. Made in the USA in small batches and created in the artisan tradition, the products rely on classical cookery methods and all-natural preservation techniques to create special flavors, which we hope will inspire cooks and diners on their own culinary journeys. 

Winner of 2018 sofi™ Gold and 2017 sofi™ Bronze for Best Pickle or Preserved Vegetable.