Grilled Indian Eggplant Pizza with Feta, Tomatoes & Black Olives




All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2012

I am completely in love with India Sweet & Spices.  It is an Indian grocery store attached to a pretty ghetto cafeteria-style restaurant bakery – in the Atwater area of Los Angeles.  I wish I thought about this blog while I was there & took better photographs because these will not do it justice.  The grocery store is huge & overwhelming with its selection of rices & spices & pre-made (frozen, canned, packaged) Indian food.   This image is blurred but I think it gets the point across:


Sorta.  Then there are the little details you only seem to find in family owned ethnic markets like the (also blurred) image of the second-from-the-bottom-left cumin with the label changed by hand with a Sharpie.  Or – the more interesting METHI SEEDS next to the cumin with the bizarre generic label.  My eye saw METH seeds when I first walked by so you can imagine my amusement.


The produce is limited but unusual & I saw these baby eggplants & just had to buy some!


Attached to the grocery store is the restaurant.   They have a large bakery case filled with sweets which all look supremely unappetizing to me and I neglected to photograph them.  I will next time & provide an update.  The food they offer is all vegetarian-vegan.  This picture – also nothing more than perfunctory – explains how that part is set up:


So – you step up to the counter, select the combination you want & they ladle it all up for you.  I cold live on their yogurt raita & mint chutney & often go there just to buy these to items in quart containers to go.  You can also buy catering-sized portions of everything and at very reasonable prices.  This is a very good option to feed a lot of people on a budget.  The dining room seems more like a Tijuana border holding area & Bollywood music videos blare from TV’s everywhere – so – I recommend getting any food you get here to go.

Once home with my cutie little eggplants – I tried to think of something to do with them.  I had one pizza worth of dough leftover & some feta that needed using….so – this pizza was born.  The ingredients are only approximates.  I think everyone accepts that pizza is no science – but an art.  Look how cute these tiny eggplants are!



Grilled Indian Eggplant Pizza with Feta, Tomatoes & Black Olives


2 Indian eggplants, sliced, dipped in an oil-based dressing (I used a homemade Greek one) & grilled.

2 Little tomatoes – diced

Feta cheese to taste

Other grated cheese – to taste

Tomato sauce of your choice

Sliced black olives

Pizza Dough

Chopped fresh basil



Roll out the dough on a floured surface & place onto greased cooking sheet.  Top with sauce & grated cheese.  Arrange your eggplant seductively & top with feta, chopped tomatoes & sliced black olives.  Bake about 10-15 minutes or until the crust is nicely browned.  Remove it from the oven & sprinkle with the chopped fresh basil.  And there you have it!  This is a very light & relatively healthy pizza – if you go easy on the cheese.


2 thoughts on “Grilled Indian Eggplant Pizza with Feta, Tomatoes & Black Olives

  1. Pingback: Lavash Pizza with Whipped Feta, Grilled Eggplant, Red Onions & Arugula Salad | Delightful-Delicious-Delovely

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