Smoky Eggplant and Yogurt Salad

1 medium eggplant, cubed
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon margarine

1 In a pot over medium heat, add the eggplant and water; cook until tender and the water evaporates. Mash the eggplant so no large chunks remain. Allow to cool completely.

2 In a large bowl, add the yogurt, mashed eggplant, green onions, cilantro, pepper and salt; mix well.

3 To smoke the salad, heat one piece charcoal over open flame until gray and reddish in color. Place a small square of aluminum foil in the eggplant salad (make room in the center for the foil). Place the hot charcoal on the piece of foil in the bowl. Add the margarine on top of the charcoal and cover salad bowl immediately. Allow to smoke for 10 minutes; remove charcoal.

4 Chill the salad in the refrigerator and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and sprinkle of paprika.



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