Khoresh Bademjan

Khoresh Bademjan
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins

Khoresh Bademjan is a deliciously balanced Persian stew that is prepared with eggplants, as well as lamb or beef and tomatoes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Persian
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

6 Chinese eggplants (or 4 medium size eggplants)
2 lb beef stew , cubed
1 onion , thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic , crushed
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28 oz) can crushed peeled tomato
1 cup sour grapes (ghoreh), or juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon turmeric
½ teaspoon saffron , diluted in 1 tablespoon of water
Vegetable oil
Salt
Pepper

Instructions

Place the beef, 5 cups of water and the turmeric in a pressure cooker. Add salt and pepper and cook for about 45 minutes. You may also cook the meat in a Dutch oven for about 2 hours.
Meanwhile, peel and trim the eggplants. Halve the Chinese eggplants lengthwise or quarter the regular eggplants lengthwise.
Fry the eggplants in a large skillet with 8 tablespoons of hot oil for about 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from skillet and place on paper towel.
In the same skillet, add 2 more tablespoons of oil and fry the onion until caramelized, for about 10-15 minutes.
Add the tomato paste, garlic, saffron and continue cooking while stirring for another 5 minutes.
Add the cooked beef, beef broth, crushed tomatoes, and sour grapes. Bring to a boil.
Add eggplants, lower the heat and simmer for another 30 to 45 minutes.
Serve over Persian steamed rice.