This dish has a distinct spicy accent but at the same time is quite delicate and refined. The eggplant steams in its own skin, resulting in silky flesh, which works well with the jewel-like raw tuna. Serve it as a tapas-sized portion or as an entree.
1 large eggplant
300g prime tuna steak
extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
1½ tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp mayonnaise (preferably homemade)
2 tbsp fresh harissa (you can find my recipe at goodfood.com.au) or less of a commercial version (they can be very fiery)
1 lemon, peeled and segmented
2 hardboiled eggs
1 handful coriander leaves
1 tbsp nigella seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 180C fan-forced or 200C conventional.
2. Prick the eggplant all over and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through. Set aside to cool, cut in half and scoop out the flesh. Cut the flesh into 1.5-centimetre cubes and drain on paper towels at room temperature.
3. Dice the tuna into 1.5-centimetre cubes and toss in a little olive oil, season and mix through (do this on a plate or it will clump together). Season the eggplant pieces, then add them to the tuna and mix.
4. Mix the cumin through the mayonnaise (if it's too stiff, loosen with a little lemon juice) and dollop a little on each plate. Top with the tuna mix, a little harissa and some lemon segments, grate over the egg white, crumble over the yolk, scatter over the coriander leaves and nigella seeds, drizzle with olive oil and serve.
Drink: A softer textural rose