Eggplant, also known as aubergines, is a purple vegetable that’s also technically a fruit! It has a bitter but pleasant taste and a spongy texture, which takes on a soft, creamy consistency and a mild taste once cooked. It’s one of the best veggies that you can cook up in a number of different ways — but nothing matches its appeal in a hearty, warming stew.
If you’re looking for a dish that’ll warm you up on chilly evenings, try one of these eggplant stew recipes. They’re packed with flavor and are healthy and filling — the perfect recipe for a hearty meal.
1. Ajapsandali Recipe: How to Make Georgian Eggplant Stew
Ajapsandali, a simple stew, is vegetarian and vegan-friendly. It uses eggplants, juicy tomatoes, sweet-tasting peppers, and loads of garlic and cilantro to produce a flavorful, filling, and healthy dish. It’s like ratatouille — only the veggies here are stewed and not steamed to release their flavors. It’s wonderful when freshly cooked, but it also tastes incredible when served cold a day after it is prepared.
2. Cozy Eggplant Stew
This cozy eggplant stew is made with a spiced tomato base, eggplants, chickpeas, garlic, spices, and spinach. Serve this flavor-packed goodness with a slice of crusty bread to sop up all the wonderful flavors. If you’re a beginner at cooking with eggplants, this recipe also comes with loads of information that can make the process seamless.
3. Eggplant Chicken Stew
This nutrient-packed stew is both hearty and healthy, perfect for adding a dash of protein to your meals. Made with nourishing eggplant, boiled and shredded chicken, veggies like bell pepper, habanero pepper, tomatoes, and onion, and delicious spices, this dish features bold flavors. You can serve it with rice or noodles for a filling meal.
4. Eggplant Potato Stew
Flavorful, delicious, and comforting, both kids and adults will enjoy this meal. It calls for stewing chewy eggplants and tender potatoes with aromatics to infuse them with delicious and comforting flavors. Serve it with some crusty bread for a filling meal. It comes together in under an hour, so it’ll make a wonderful weeknight meal as well!
5. Eggplant Stew
Put together a scrumptious Turkish eggplant stew in just three simple steps: chopping the veggies to the required size, roasting the veggies to bring out their natural sweetness, and cooking the veggies with spices and a bit of water to get more intense flavors out of this meal. It produces a flavor-packed dish that’ll have everyone craving more!
6. Italian Eggplant Stew — 4 Ingredients
This simple, yet incredibly delicious stew is make-ahead friendly. The star of this recipe is, of course, eggplant, which has a delicate and distinctive texture and a flavor that works with every ingredient. The addition of tomatoes, garlic, and rosemary along with a few other ingredients also heavily contribute to this recipe’s success. You can serve it hot or cold topped with fresh parsley to enjoy.
7. Khoresh Bademjan (Persian Eggplant Stew)
This Persian eggplant stew combines melt-in-your-mouth tender eggplant with pieces of lamb meat in a rich good tomato-based sauce flavored with dried Persian limes — talk about a dish rich with flavor! You can garnish it with freshly ground black pepper and parsley, then serve it with plain white rice or saffron rice for a filling meal.
8. Moroccan Eggplant Chickpea Stew
If you’ve been looking for a dish that will delight your taste buds, look no further than this Moroccan stew. Make it by simmering tender eggplants and chickpeas in a tomato stew flavored with mouth-tingling Moroccan spices. Garnish it with sesame seeds or mint and serve it with rice, couscous, bread, or quinoa.
9. Moroccan-Spiced Eggplant and Tomato Stew
This delicate, perfectly seasoned stew will become your go-to dish during the colder months. It uses roasted, golden-brown eggplants, sautéed onion and garlic, loads of smoky spices, chickpeas and veggies, sweet maple syrup, and spicy harissa paste (phew!) to produce a crowd-pleasing stew. Ladle it over warm rice or steamed greens to complement the yummy goodness.
10. Nigerian Eggplant Stew
This eggplant stew will expand your food menu like no other! It has a tender texture that absorbs the flavors of other ingredients like a pro. You can enjoy it on its own, as a sauce with chips, or pair it with rice or even pasta! This flavor-packed recipe comes together in just 30 minutes, perfectly convenient to whip up on busy weeknights.
11. Spiced Eggplant Stew
Light, savory, and an aromatic powerhouse, this recipe has “flavor” written all over it. Prepare it by cooking tender eggplant and warm spices in a tangy tomato sauce, then serve it on a bed of basmati rice with a dollop of yogurt. The recipe also comes with variations you can explore to make the stew more palatable.
12. Spicy Lentil and Eggplant Stew
Never made eggplant stew? No problem! This recipe has step-by-step instructions with pictures and videos that’ll help you get the stew right on the first try. All you need is a handful of ingredients and an hour of your time to produce this wonderfully comforting dish. Serve it with a dollop of yogurt and some cilantro, and watch how quickly it becomes a favorite with your family.
13. Tamarind Eggplant Stew
Tender eggplants flavored with sweet and sour tamarind, this stew is bursting with flavor. It also has green onions and shallots for flavor and freshness, soy sauce for hints of umami and salty flavors, sugar to balance out the contrasting flavors, and tapioca starch as a thickener. You can serve it over steamed white rice to enjoy a hearty and filling meal.
14. Turkish Eggplant Stew with Fresh Tomatoes
Oven-roasted eggplants paired with juicy and ripe tomatoes, aromatic garlic and onion, as well as seasonings and herbs — this delectable dish is a perfect marriage of sweet and sour flavors. Enjoy this traditional Turkish dish on its own, or serve it with some fresh bread, hot cooked grains, pasta, or potato dishes to round up the meal.