I was somewhat surprised by how this dish turned out. When I first cooked it, it seemed somewhat bland. I am not sure what, but there was something about the flavor that was odd, not really full and savory, but not really unpleasant. As suggested by other reviewers, I sauteed the onion, and instead of boiling the eggplant I simply put it in the casserole raw, covered the dish, and cooked it for a little over an hour. (I don't like the idea of boiling veggies when other means of cooking exist because I want to preserve their nutrients and flavors as much as possible.) Otherwise I made no other modifications. I think what surprises me the most is how I really like it a lot more after being reheated in the microwave. This seems unusual to me. There is still something missing IMO about the taste. I am not sure what to suggest other than the flavors seem to come out underdeveloped. I think this could be fantastic if the flavors were a little richer and full. Perhaps seasoning the eggplant with pepper and cumin or coriander prior to putting them in the casserole might help. I like the creaminess of the sauce combined with the subtleties of the onion and tomato, I just wish there was more of a savory accent to draw it all together.
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I was somewhat surprised by how this dish turned out. When I first cooked it, it seemed...