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Marrakesh Express

August 08, 1996|ROSE DOSTI

DEAR SOS: At the Marrakesh restaurant, they serve a wonderful cold eggplant salad, which is scooped up with bread. It is great fun, but I wasn't able to obtain the recipe. Would you give it a try?


DEAR KITIE: The people at Marrakesh in Studio City sent us the following recipe, which uses a fascinating combination of spices typical of the Moroccan cuisine.


2 large eggplants, peeled and grated

1/4 cup olive oil

5 tomatoes, coarsely chopped

5 cloves garlic, minced

6 tablespoons tomato paste


Black pepper

2 to 3 tablespoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons paprika

1/2 cup white wine vinegar

Cook eggplant in small amount of water until tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and drain. Heat olive oil in large saucepan. Add tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste and salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat 10 minutes. Add drained eggplant, cumin, paprika and vinegar. Mash and mix with a fork. Cover saucepan and continue cooking over very low heat 45 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Mixture should still be moist.

Makes 6 servings.

Each serving contains about:

143 calories; 75 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 10 grams fat; 14 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams protein; 1.86 grams fiber.

Hollywood Dip DEAR SOS: The restaurant Carlos 'N' Charlie's, which used to be in West Hollywood, served a wonderful tuna dip. Do you happen to have the recipe?


DEAR CORKI: Sure do.


1 (12 1/2-ounce can) tuna, drained

1 1/2 to 2 jalapen~o chiles, seeded

1 (1-inch) piece green onion (green part only)

1 (1-inch) piece celery

1/4 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise

Salt, pepper

3 to 4 leaves cilantro, chopped

Blend tuna, jalapen~os, green onion and celery in food processor or blender. Blend but do not puree too finely. Blend in mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste. Blend to desired consistency. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Makes 2 cups.

Each 1-tablespoon serving contains about:

22 calories; 63 mg sodium; 2 mg cholesterol; 1 gram fat; 1 gram carbohydrates; 3 grams protein; 0.04 gram fiber.

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