Friday, October 15, 2010

Braised Lebanese Eggplant with Chickpeas

The Hummus Recipes Kitchen (The home of Hummus Recipes & Delicious Middle Eastern Food Recipes) invites you to try Braised Lebanese Eggplant with Chickpeas recipe. Enjoy cooking tasty and easy Middle Eastern food and learn how to make Braised Lebanese Eggplant with Chickpeas.

Slow-cooking eggplant in tomato sauce makes it incredibly silky and tender. Choose a marinara sauce that has as few ingredients as possible so the flavors don’t overwhelm the eggplant.

Ingredient list

Serves 6

2 Tbs. olive oil
1 large onion, diced (1 1/2 cups)
6 medium Japanese eggplant, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1 cup marinara sauce
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 large mint sprigs, plus 2 Tbs. chopped mint


1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 7 minutes, or until soft. Stir in eggplant, and cook 5 minutes or until beginning to brown. Add garlic, allspice, and cumin, and cook 1 minute more.

2. Stir in marinara sauce, vinegar, and 2/3 cup water, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in chickpeas. Season with salt and pepper. Lay mint sprigs on top of eggplant mixture, cover, and transfer pot to oven. Cook 45 to 50 minutes, or until eggplant is tender. Remove mint sprigs, and stir in chopped mint. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information

Calories 188
Protein 7g
Total Fat 16.5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Carbs 29g
Sodium 427mg
Fiber 8g
Sugar 11g

Vegetarian Times Issue: September 1, 2007 p.72

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