For the eggplant

  • 1 kg eggplant (about 2 large or 3 medium), peeled and cubed into 3cm pieces
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • Salt to taste

For the bread

  • 3 large loaves of Lebanese Pita bread, cut into 3cm squares (whole-wheat is best)
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • Salt to taste

For the tomato sauce

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 x 400g tins of Mutti Polpa Finely Chopped Tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp. pomegranate molasses
  • ½ tbsp. ground cumin
  • 60-100g raisins

For the yoghurt sauce

  • 500g plain yoghurt
  • 3 heaped tbsp. of tahini paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp. white vinegar
  • Salt to taste

How to prepare

1.     Preheat oven to 200 C
2.     Prepare 3 large baking trays by lining them with baking paper.
3.     On 1 tray, spread out the eggplant cubes. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle generously with salt, toss to get everything coated, then spread in a single layer. On the other 2 trays, divide the pita bread and drizzle each with half the oil and sprinkle with a little salt, then spread into a single layer as well.
4.     Place all 3 trays in the oven together to save time: toast the bread for about 10-12 minutes till golden, then remove from the oven & transfer to a plate to cool. Roast the eggplant for 30-40 minutes, until soft and edges are starting to char.
5.     While the eggplant roasts, prepare the tomato sauce: place the olive oil and onion in a large, deep pan over medium heat and cook for 5 min, till softened. Add the tins of Mutti Polpa, the pomegranate molasses and cumin, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the eggplant is ready, till thickened slightly. When the eggplant is ready, add them to the tomato sauce, along with the raisins, stir very gently so as not to mash the eggplant, then simmer for a further 10 minutes.
6.     While the eggplant simmers in the tomato sauce, make the yoghurt sauce: combine all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning.
7.     To assemble the Fatteh, spread the eggplant onto a large serving platter. Top with the toasted pita, then the yoghurt sauce. Sprinkle with the pine nuts, some sumac (if using) and a generous scattering of parsley. Serve immediately!
Notes: Only assemble the Fatteh JUST before serving, as the yoghurt and tomato based sauces will soften the crunchy pita quite quickly. TIP: you can easily prepare all the components in advance; even the day before, and just warm up the eggplant before serving and assemble then!