Persian Cuisine Recipes: Khoresht-e Badenjan خورشت بادنجان

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Aubergine Stew
Khoresht-e Badenjan  خورشت بادنجان
(Recipe Prepared by N. Shaida)

2kg (4 lb) aubergines 
500 g (1 lb) boned leg of lamb 
2 medium onions 
1 teaspoons turmeric 
3 tablespoons tomato paste 
3-4 medium tomatoes 
60g (2oz) small unripe 
grapes juice of 1 lemon 
salt and paper 


1. Peel the aubergines and cut into 50mm (1/4 in) thick slices. Spread them out, sprinkle with salt and leave for half an hour. Fry in a generous amount of oil until golden brown. Leave to drain.

2. Trim the meat of all fat, cut into 5cm (2in) cubes, wash and leave to soak in fresh water for a few minutes.

3. Slice the onions and fry briskly in oil until golden brown. Add the turmeric, salt, and pepper, then the drained meat and stir-fry until well browned.

4. Stir in the tomato paste, the skinned and finely chopped tomatoes, the sour grapes and lemon juice with water to cover. Put on the lid and simmer gently for 30 minutes.

5. Add the drained aubergines and a little more water, cover and simmer for a further 30 minutes or until the meat is tender and the sauce well blended,

6. Serve in a warmed vegetable dish, arranging the aubergine slices around the dish and heaping the meat and tomato sauce up in the middle. Serve with white rice.