Curried Roasted Eggplant with Smoked Cardamom and Coconut Milk

INGREDIENTS:

2 pounds eggplant (about 10 medium Chinese or Japanese eggplant)
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt, as needed
3 tablespoons ghee (or coconut oil if vegan)
2 cups diced yellow onion (from 2 medium or 3 smaller onions)
5 black cardamom pods, cracked
1 dried chile de arbol (or other medium-spicy chile), crumbled (more or less to your taste)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 400ºF. If using a long, slender variety of eggplant, cut them on the diagonal into 1-inch thick slices. If using a globe style eggplant, cut them into 2-inch square chunks.

2. Pile the eggplant slices on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with the olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

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