Turkish Eggplant (Aubergine) Lentil Stew

Total Time
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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel eggplant in strips, then cut lengthwise into strips.
  2. Cut each strip into 3 pieces, salt heavily with kosher salt and let it sit in a colander for 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, cover lentils with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower to simmer and cook 15 minutes, drain.
  5. In a bowl add 1 tbsp olive oil and onion, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, mint, tomato paste, and red pepper.
  6. Rinse the eggplant and dry.
  7. In a dutch oven layer half of the onion mixture.
  8. Top with a layer of eggplant, and a layer of lentils.
  9. Repeat.
  10. Pour remaining olive oil around sides and over the top.
  11. Drizzle with the pomegranate molasses.
  12. Bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer and cook 1 1/2 hours.


Most Helpful

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.

Maito January 25, 2010

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!

Rita~ August 31, 2004

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