Aubergine tagine on a dark plate photographed from the side
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Aubergine Tagine

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I saw this Aubergine Tagine inspired on Instagram the other day and decided that I wanted to do a similar version. This recipe is the perfect weekday meal. It practically comes together by itself, is super easy to make, creamy, and delicious. It is also packed with flavor and plant-based protein.

Aubergine tagine on a black plate with some sesame seeds sprinkled on top of it

The word “tagine” actually has two meanings. It refers to a clay or ceramic pot, which is shallow at the bottom and has a lid that is shaped similarly to a hat. It has been used for centuries in Moroccan culture. Tagine also doubles as the meaning for the dish cooked inside the clay or ceramic pot. Usually meat, fish, or poultry is slow cooked, whereas the “pointy” lid is meant to give back and retain moisture during the cooking process.

Aubergine Tagine in a large pot with a ladle inside it

This dish is an entirely vegetarian tagine recipe and truth be told, I did not use a tagine cook pot in order to make it. It does not mean that it cannot be equally delicious though! First, onions and garlic are slowly fried off with some cumin, salt, pepper, and a little bit of cayenne. Afterwards, you add aubergine, canned tomatoes, and brown lentils and let everything simmer until cooked. Add a bit of additional creaminess with tahini and serve with fresh coriander, lime juice, and a dollop of yogurt. Yum!

Aubergine tagine on a black plate with some sesame seeds sprinkled on top of it and a spoon to the side

Why is this Aubergine Tagine good for you?

Aubergine/Eggplant

Whether you call it aubergine or eggplant, they have some amazing health benefits that I wanted to highlight today. Aubergines belong to the nightshade family and are therefore closely related to both tomatoes and peppers alike. They contain seeds, which technically makes them a fruit, even though they are most often used in a vegetable way in our kitchens. Whereas we are most familiar with the deep purple aubergine variety, they can range in color from red, green, to – even – black. Aubergines are rich in manganese, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Manganese is an amazing and vital micronutrient. It helps our bodies form connective tissue, bones, and supports blood clotting properties. It is also important for calcium absorption and blood sugar regulation.

Aubergine tagine photographed up close

Aubergines are, of course, also full of antioxidants (as are all fruit and veggies). The ones found in aubergines are mainly anthocyanins, an antioxidant which basically provides the eggplant with its deep purple color. In particular, an anthocyanin called nasunin, which has been shown to inhibit lipid peroxidation. If you are as unfamiliar as I was with this word, it basically means that it stops lipids in your cells to degrade. Degradation can lead to either cell damage, or, ultimately, cell death. The antioxidants in aubergines may also play a role in your heart health. Initial animal studies showed that when consuming aubergine juice every day, your “bad” cholesterol levels and your triglyceride levels went down. Not too bad for this small humble vegetable, am I right 😉?!

Aubergine tagine half in the picture with a spoon stuck into it

How can I adjust this Aubergine Tagine to my dietary requirements?

This recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and vegan. Due to the lentils used, which are considered a grain, it is, sadly, not suitable for the paleo lifestyle.

Aubergine tagine with some yogurt added onto it

Similar Recipes on the Blog

There are so many other easy “one-pot” dishes on the blog. Be sure to also check out the following:

Aubergine tagine photographed up close with some yogurt mixed through

And that is it for this week! I hope you enjoy this delicious aubergine tagine as a comforting quick dinner as much in your home as we did over here. As always, please let me know what you think by either commenting below and/or rating the recipe! I love hearing from you!! Happy tagine-making 🤗.

Aubergine Tagine

Recipe by Ann Robejsek
5.0 from 1 vote
Course: MainCuisine: Moroccan-inspiredDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes

Easy to make, creamy, delicious and packed with plant-based protein. Enjoy this Aubergine Tagine as a quick one-pot weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • For the aubergine tagine
  • 2 tbsp sesame seed oil

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 2 white onions

  • 2 medium -sized aubergines

  • 3 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp cayenne

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes (ca. 800 gr.)

  • 800 gr. water

  • 1 cup (210 gr.) brown lentils

  • 2 tbsp tahini

  • Pepper to taste

  • To serve
  • Lime

  • Cilantro

  • A dollop of yogurt

  • Sesame seeds

How to

  • For the aubergine tagine
  • Peel both the garlic and onion. Finely chop both (you can also use a garlic grater for the garlic). In a large pot, heat the sesame seed oil to medium heat and add the chopped onions and garlic. Fry off until translucent, ca. 6 – 8 minutes. Continue to stir occasionally
  • Meanwhile, wash and chop the aubergine into bite-sized pieces. Add to the pot and fry off along with the onions and garlic for ca. 5 minutes. Add the cumin, cayenne, and salt and allow for the spices to turn fragrant, ca. 2 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes. Once you have added the tomatoes, simply fill the can with water and add the same amount of water as the tomatoes. Wash the brown lentils under plenty of warm water and add to the pot. Bring to a quick boil and then let simmer on medium heat until the lentils are tender, for ca. 40 minutes. When done, add the tahini and mix under. Do one final taste test and potentially adjust salt and pepper
  • To serve
  • To serve, add the aubergine tagine to a bowl. Sprinkle with lime juice, cilantro, a dollop of yogurt and some sesame seeds. Serve immediately or cook in advance (this dish is also great when the flavors develop overnight. Enjoy!!

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