Spiced, roasted eggplant makes a fragrant and flavorful bhartha (mashed). In this recipe, Roasted Spiced Eggplant, all the vegetables are first oven roasted (can use the grill as well) for more flavor. This also reduces the amount of oil in the dish.
It carries well in a lunch box and can be eaten at room temperature. As more people come looking for slow carb vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free recipes, this may be a good addition.