“Brinjal”, “Baingan”, “Aubergine” or “Eggplant”, with its hearty flesh, gleaming purple skin and caviar-like seeds, is considered the “King of Vegetables” in the Middle East and South Asia. Revered in Indian folklore, it is said to attract untold prosperity and treasure. So too, this treasure of a pickle has its origins in Western India and, much like its Provençal, Sicilian and Spanish sisters, its sweet-and-sour taste has a natural affinity to oil-rich grilled fish, lamb, nutty alpine cheeses and breads. Paired with hummus, ricotta cheese or Greek yogurt, it crowns the humble pita chip. Swirled into a traditional mashed potato, it serves as an outstanding base for an Asian-inspired meatloaf. Roasted carrots come alive when roasted with the Caponata. Use as a stew base, adding chickpeas and chicken. Rolled into a flatbread under a “masala” (spiced) omelet, you have breakfast on-the-go.