In Our Kitchen: Lentil & Eggplant Stew
A few weeks ago the family and I visited a local Persian restaurant. I feel in love with the Bademjan with Beef. It was flavorful and filling.
Bademjan is a traditional Persian stew. It consists of pan fried eggplant, slow cooked in tomato based stew, and is served over basmati rice.
I wanted to include items I already had in my pantry. So I developed my own recipe for a "Persian inspired" stew, with lentils and eggplants.
I made sure to include traditional Persian elements; such as, mint, cinnamon, and turmeric.
I loaded all items into my slow cooker. However, I would suggest using a large stew pot. (I was leaving the house so the slow cooker seemed safer.)
I browned my skinless chicken thighs in grapeseed oil, along with lemon slices and mint. I seasoned them lightly with the spices I mentioned above, along with a bit of salt and pepper.
I added them to the slow cooker along. I cooked the stew on high for 3-4 hours, then lowered it and cooked it for an additional 2-3 hours.