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Eggplant and Lamb Stew Recipe
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Eggplant and Lamb Stew

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"The Arabic name (which I can't remember) means 'It cooks itself.' Most Middle Eastern food is time-consuming to make; this name implies that the cook is embarrassed to serve something so simple. Best served over rice."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs

    2 hrs 15 mins


  1. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat, and brown the lamb on all sides. Mix in the eggplants, tomatoes, onions, green bell peppers, and garlic. Cook and stir until tender and lightly browned.
  2. In a small bowl, blend the tomato paste and water. Mix into the pot with the lamb. Season lamb with allspice, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the meat shreds easily with a fork. Add a little water as necessary to keep the ingredients moist.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 04, 2007

My husband and I absolutely loved this recipe. I used shoulder steaks since that is what I had on hand. Prep work is the only "con" to this recipe. It took about 45 minutes to chop all the veggies (which my lovely husband did while I pain-stakingly picked every ounce of meat off the bones). I browned the chunks/shreds of lamb in the pot before adding the remaining ingredients. For me it was easier than fishing the bones out of the stew. I also soaked my chopped eggplant in salt water for about 30 min to an hour before cooking in stew (this helps to remove some of the bitterness from the eggplant). I also added a whole can (i think it was the 4 oz size) of tomato paste for a richer tomato base. The extra paste also helped thicken the liquid in this stew. I will be making this again and again. 4* for recipe as is, but is 5* with the changes.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 12, 2007

We all had mixed feelings about this one. I followed the recipe for the most part, but added one can of diced tomatoes (28 oz) because I cooked it in the crockpot. (on low for 5 hours) The veggies all held up nicely and the meat was so tender. My husband thought it was just ok and my daughter picked out the meat and only ate some of the eggplant. I liked it a lot. The recipe makes a lot of food, so be prepared for leftovers. I guess I will have to eat ours as no one else will :-D


54 Ratings

Aug 16, 2006

Loved it, I used red wine instead of water, added some chilies for spice and put in an extra eggplant. I ate it with Brown Basmati Rice and a yogurt recipe from Sharon's Scrumptious Souvlaki. Thanks.

May 04, 2006

What a great stew!! My husband said this was restaurant quality and is one of his favorite meals I have ever made. I tinkered with it just a bit... used left over leg of lamb and instead of water I used some of the lamb stock from the leg of lamb. I also added a bit of red pepper flakes as I thought it needed a bit of zip. This will be made again and again. Thanks!!

Jun 16, 2008

Delicious!! Here are the changes I made. Instead of using whole tomatoes, I used a full can of diced tomatoes. I substituted the lamb with blade steak, and used four cloves of garlic. I skipped the tomato paste because I had none on hand. I added a sprinkle of sugar and let it simmer for 1.5 hours, covered. During the last 15 minutes, I added a tablespoon of cornstarch (mixed with some water) to the stew and took the cover off. Served over rice. A keeper and will take again!!

Jan 04, 2005

Pretty good. I didn't let it simmer for the full hour and a half, probably just under an hour. I suggest mixing the allspice, salt and pepper in with the tomato-water mixture as it's more easily distributed in the stew that way. Also I added more peppers and eggplant than the recipe called for. Goes well with rice.

Sep 13, 2007

this recipe was delicious!! i also added crushed red pepper and a whole can of tomato paste. i used lamb shoulder chops which are a bit easier to find than a piece of whole lamb shoulder. i added a ton more water than the recipe called for because of the tomato paste, but it gave it a much fuller flavor. also would be great to add potatos as a option as well. All in all it was a great dish if you are looking for a good lamb recipe.

Aug 07, 2007

I enjoyed this lean, vegie laden stew and baked it in a clayware roaster for one and 1/2 hours. I browned the lamb first and de-boned the shoulder meat, smothered the vegies and then transfered all to the clayware at 350 degrees. It goes great over rice or bulgur rice. It's worth checking with the butcher to know when price breaks on the lamb shoulder are most likely. It fed 8 people. Hearty and colorful meal.


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  • Calories
  • 292 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.8 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 68 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 16.2 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 8.4 g
  • 33%
  • Protein
  • 18.2 g
  • 36%
  • Sodium
  • 871 mg
  • 35%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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