Persian Eggplant Stew


Based on the traditional Persian recipe of Khoresht-e-Bademjan, this hearty entrée typically includes lamb or beef cubes, but soy “steak” strips make a perfect substitute. This makes about 10 cups of stew.

  • 8Servings


  • 3 Asian eggplants (about 1 1/4 lb.), unpeeled
  • 4 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 6-oz. pkg. soy "steak" strips
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28-oz. can plum tomatoes, slightly crushed
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 bunch cilantro, well rinsed and chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley, well rinsed and chopped
  • 2 cups vegetarian stock


Slice eggplants in half lengthwise, then into quarters. Cut each piece in half, and set aside.

Heat 3 Tbs. oil over medium heat for 1 minute in large electric or nonstick skillet or Dutch oven. Sauté eggplant 7 to 10 minutes, or until it begins to brown. Remove eggplant from pan, and set aside.

Add remaining 1 Tbs. oil to skillet, and heat over medium-high heat 30 seconds. Add “steak” strips, potatoes and onions, and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until potatoes start turning golden.

Add garlic, tomatoes, turmeric, cilantro and parsley. Stir well. Add stock. Reduce heat to low, arrange eggplants over potato mixture, cover and cook for about 25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Uncover, cook 5 minutes more and serve hot.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 270
  • Carbohydrate Content: 34 g
  • Fat Content: 9 g
  • Fiber Content: 8 g
  • Protein Content: 13 g
  • Sodium Content: 460 mg
  • Sugar Content: 7 g