Coat bottom of a skillet with olive oil
. Heat until shimmery, then add spices. Stir the spices in the oil for about 1 minute, to infuse the oil with the flavors of the spices. Add the onions. Cook until almost translucent. Add the eggplant, tomatoes, tomato paste, cream, and salt to taste. Also add any optional additions now. Cook for a few minutes until to desired consistency.