Bademjan - Delicious Persian Stew

Bademjan means “eggplant” in Farsi (otherwise known as Persian, the language spoken Iran). This stew works fantastically with Persian rice (Polo) and is a dish which can be modified for vegetarians very easily. Such comfort food–everyone will enjoy this dish.

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1hr 30mins
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  • Peel the eggplant and cut it lengthwise in half. (Cut it in half again if you are using a large eggplant.) Lightly salt and leave it to drain in a colander for half an hour. Rinse and pat it dry with paper towel, or leave to dry it overnight. (Eggplant will ‘sweat’ when salted, don’t be scared!).
  • Fry the eggplant in oil until it is lightly colored. Remove and keep to the side.
  • Put 2 tablespoons of oil in a deep pot and fry the onion, adding the meat, pepper turmeric and tomato paste. Sauté until the onion is lightly colored.
  • Add water and let it simmer until the meat is tender. Add more water if its required (if the dish doesn’t look liquidly then it will need more water).
  • When the meat is tender, add the eggplant, sugar, lemon, and salt to taste. Let the mixture boil for another few minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
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  1. jofakour
    Ours is a lot plainer, but this was WONDERFUL with no changes. It's perfection.
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  2. lecole54
    I thought it was delicious (hubby who sometimes has problems with sweet and sour stuff not so much although he did think that the lamb was wonderfully tender). I cut the sugar (I used half sugar/half stevia) in half, and that was plenty sweet for me! I also cut the eggplant in bite-sized pieces after I fried it and it cooled; should that have been part of the recipe, or was the eggplant *supposed* to stay in big pieces? At any rate, thanks for posting this dish; I love trying new, not-too-difficult ethnic recipes, and anything with lamb in it is likely to ring my chimes!
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  3. laila1981
    LOL this is bademjan
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  4. Elmotoo
    I made this for Visiting Iran/Persia in the NA/ME Forum & it is OUTSTANDING. I'm glad I made a double batch!
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  5. Persian Cook
    Bademjan means “eggplant” in Farsi (otherwise known as Persian, the language spoken Iran). This stew works fantastically with Persian rice (Polo) and is a dish which can be modified for vegetarians very easily. Such comfort food–everyone will enjoy this dish.
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