Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
Thanks to friedel for sending me some pomegranate molasses! I am having so much fun with it, and this is a great vegetarian recipe. This really tastes better if you make it a day in advance and let the flavors blend. It can be served hot, warm, or at room temp.
- 1 large eggplant
- 1⁄2 cup lentils
- 2⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 anaheim chilies, seeded and chopped
- 2 tablespoons mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 1⁄4 cup pomegranate molasses
- 1⁄2 cup kosher salt
- Peel eggplant in strips, then cut lengthwise into strips.
- Cut each strip into 3 pieces, salt heavily with kosher salt and let it sit in a colander for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, cover lentils with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil.
- Lower to simmer and cook 15 minutes, drain.
- In a bowl add 1 tbsp olive oil and onion, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, mint, tomato paste, and red pepper.
- Rinse the eggplant and dry.
- In a dutch oven layer half of the onion mixture.
- Top with a layer of eggplant, and a layer of lentils.
- Pour remaining olive oil around sides and over the top.
- Drizzle with the pomegranate molasses.
- Bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer and cook 1 1/2 hours.
I really liked these flavors together. The pomegranate molasses gives it a nice tang. I did end up adding some liquid for fear of sticking, since I used only a tablespoon of oil. I increased the tomato paste and pomegranate molasses though, so the flavor would not be diluted. I ate the leftovers with some Indian spices and cilantro, and that was really good too.
Loved this! I skipped the salting part! No bitterness here. I used dried chilies that I rehydrated. Love all the flavors. You are not going to believe this but I just went to get some more. Oh my it`s good cold too. It`s sweet rich and just yummy! Thanks Chia!