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1. Gather the ingredients

  • 1 eggplant
  • a handful of Medjool dates
  • 1 avocado

Marinating sauce:

  • 1 tbsp of tamarind sauce
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of red chili flakes
  • Black pepper to taste

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2. Make the marinating sauce

Combine the olive oil, tamarind sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, red chili flakes and black pepper in a bowl and stir.

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3. Cut the eggplants

Cut the eggplants into thin strips (about 1-inch thick), place in a colander and sprinkle some salt, so they sweat out the vegetable’s bitter juices. Wait for 10 minutes and dry the moisture with a towel.

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4. Marinate and fry

Dip the eggplants inside the marinating sauce and slightly fry them in a pan (you can also ‘bake’ them in a dehydrator or electric oven).

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5. Fill the dates

Place a small piece of avocado in the center of each pitted date.
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6. Make the rolls

Wrap a strip of eggplant around each date, roll it up and secure ends with a toothpick, and serve.

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