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Spiced Eggplant Stew

My eggplant stew is light, savory and aromatic, with tender aubergine, tomatoes and warm spices. Make this recipe for a cozy meatless meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time42 mins
Total Time57 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Kevin


  • 4 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 2 lbs eggplant peeled and cubed (See Note 1)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 large white onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 28 oz tomatoes whole and peeled tomatoes, drained
  • ¼ cup pomegranate molasses (See Note 1)
  • ¼ teaspoon saffron
  • 3 dried limes or 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  • Place eggplant in a large colander set over a bowl. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of kosher salt and set aside to drain.
  • Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until golden and translucent, about 7 minutes. Next, add tomato paste, garlic, turmeric, salt, pepper, and cinnamon; continue cooking for another 2 minutes.
  • Gently squeeze water from eggplant and pat it dry with paper towel. Add eggplant to pan with remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook, stirring often, until eggplant is tender and starts to brown at the edges, about 15 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and pomegranate molasses, then use your fingers to crush saffron into the pan. Pierce the Persian limes with a fork and stir them into the stew.
  • Bring stew to a simmer, then reduce heat to low, cover pot with lid and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with cooked rice.


  1. There are several varieties of eggplant. The best for making this eggplant stew are either Chinese (long and slender) or Italian, as they have firm flesh and fewer seeds than other varieties.
  1. Good substitutes for pomegranate molasses are cranberry juice and grenadine, or raspberry jam and lemon juice.


Sodium: 689mg | Calcium: 124mg | Vitamin C: 44mg | Vitamin A: 756IU | Sugar: 26g | Fiber: 13g | Potassium: 1384mg | Calories: 195kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 1g | Protein: 7g | Carbohydrates: 47g | Iron: 4mg