The balance of the sauce is very important in this dish, you want the apricot to be the predominant flavour, but you also want it clearly savoury. The yield here is more than enough for 4 people, and any remaining can be stored in the fridge for a few days.
For the sauce, in a pot, soften in some oil:
Onion, 50 gr (1 small pc)
Garlic, 2 gr (1 medium clove)
Ginger, 10 gr (1 tbsp)
White wine, 40 ml
Vegetable Stock, 400 ml
Cinnamon, 1 stick and 1/4 tsp
Apricots, 10 pc, about 530 gr, pitted.
Salt, at least 1/2 tsp initially
Simmer for 20 minutes, and puree with a hand blender. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt and some cinnamon powder if necessary. You want the cinnamon to be discretely present, so add it little by little very carefully as it can easily end up covering everything else.
For a smoother texture pass through a fine mesh strainer.
Put in a preheated oven at 220 C:
Eggplants, 4 pc, cut in half, oiled well, scored in a criss-cross pattern and salted heavily on the flesh side
Cook for about 30 minutes, the exact time will depend on the kind and size of eggplant, a knife should slide easily through.
For the lentil salsa, mix in a bowl:
Brown lentils, cooked in a steady simmer until soft but not mushy, about 40 minutes, 1 cup
Pine-nuts, 2 tbsp, toasted
Sun-dried tomatoes, 1/4 cup, cut in small pieces
Capers, 1/4 cup, knifed once
Top the eggplants with the salsa, and pour the sauce over. Finally, sprinkle:
Parsley, finely chopped