Turkish Lentil & Eggplant Stew

Turkish Lentil & Eggplant Stew

Turkish Lentil & Eggplant Stew makes for a hearty and warming dish that is packed with flavor, protein, and plant-based nutrients. You can serve this stew with a side of toasted bread or top with feta cheese or a slice of soft vegan cheese. This recipe is easy to make and we’ve included a source to mix your own spice blend, but if you have access to an international market you can potentially find Turkish spices.


Turkish Lentil & Eggplant Stew

  • 1-2 medium sized eggplant(s)
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup red or green lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp turkish spice blend
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt & black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Optional pairings: olives, feta cheese, bread


  1. Begin by preparing your eggplant and cutting half lengthwise and cutting those halves in half. Cut into about 1/2 inch equal triangles. Transfer eggplant to a tray or colander and generously salt.
  2. Allow the eggplant to rest for 15-20 minutes. Once done, rinse with water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. While your eggplant is resting, in a medium pot, heat the vegetable broth with the bay leaves and peeled. Once boiling, add the lentils, reduce heat to low & cover with lid. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is mostly drained.
  4. Then, prepare your onion and bell pepper.
  5. When the lentils are done, remove from heat and set aside.
  6. In a large skillet, heat about 3 tsp of olive oil. Once hot, begin cooking eggplant until lightly browned.
  7. Then add another teaspoon of olive oil and add the onion and bell pepper. Remove the garlic cloves from the lentils and add to the skillet as well.
  8. Stir for 5-7 minutes on high heat.
  9. Next, add the diced tomatoes and lentils with the bay leaves, then add the spices and a dash of black pepper.
  10. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid, simmer for up to 30 minutes, stirring occassionally.
  11. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Remove from heat once the eggplant is thoroughly cooked and lentils are soft.
  12. Serve with optional pairings and enjoy!

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