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Eggplant Dhal | Lentil and Eggplant Stew

Even if you’re not a big fan of Indian food, you will absolutely love this eggplant dhal recipe! It’s easy to make, budget-friendly and perfect for a family dinner! 

I can’t say I love Indian food, but I enjoy making some Indian comfort recipes from time to time. What inspired me to make this recipe was this awesome book – Vegetables | From the Earth to the Table. I absolutely LOVE it! I found an onion dhal recipe in it and adapted it to my taste. Eggplants really go great with this! 🙂

In case you didn’t know, dhal is an Indian recipe made with red lentils. It’s something like a lentil stew if you want to call it this way.

I really enjoyed its texture and mildly spicy flavor. I will definitely make this again! Eggplants give it a more “meaty” texture and it’s not all mushy. I actually didn’t expect to like this eggplant dhal that much, but I ate double servings of it! It was all gone in a day.

This eggplant dhal goes great served with these gluten-free vegan parathas. Hope you’ll like it! 🙂

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Eggplant Dhal

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Even if you're not a big fan of Indian food, you will absolutely love this eggplant dhal recipe! It's easy to make, budget-friendly and perfect for a family dinner!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 100 g red lentils
  • 1 medium eggplant, cubed
  • 4 Tbsps sunflower oil
  • 1 small bunch of scallions, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsps turmeric
  • 300 ml water
  • sea salt, to taste
  • chopped parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan.
  2. Add onion and scallions and lightly fry them over medium heat, stirring frequently for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add all spices.
  4. Add lentils and water.
  5. Add eggplant and cook on low heat for 20-25 minutes.
  6. When lentils are tender, add salt to taste and mix gently.
  7. Serve with fresh chopped parsley on top.

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