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Rummaniyeh- Lentil Eggplant Stew

  • Author: Wafa Shami
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Vegan


It is a traditional Palestinian dish, that is vegan, healthy, and packed with flavor. It’s a Middle Eastern lentil eggplant stew that can be eaten alone or with flatbread (khubez) or a side of salad. Made on a stovetop, it’s filled with flavor from the pomegranate and lemon juice, and the fried garlic all soaked up in the cooked eggplant and lentils.


  • 1 cup brown or green lentils
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 large-size eggplant (peeled and cut into cubes)
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice or pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons sour pomegranate molasses
  • 4-5 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon flour (or corn starch as a gluten free option)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • Jalapenos (Optional)
  • salt


  1. Place the lentils with water in a saucepan, bring to the boil cover and then continue to boil for 10-15 minutes until lentils are softened.
  2. Add eggplant over lentils, salt and cumin, cover the pot and lower the heat to medium. Let it simmer for another 25 minutes.
  3. Mix flour with lemon juice and pomegranate molasses and pour over the pot, mix well and let it cook for another 5 minutes.
  4.  In a separate skillet heat olive oil, add crushed garlic and green chili (optional), keep stirring until golden brown, then pour over the pot.
  5. Place in serving bowls, garnish with pomegranate seeds, parsley and a drizzle of olive oil.
  6. Serve at room temperature, with a side of salad and/or flatbread.


Additional tips:

  • Turn this recipe gluten-free by replacing the flour with cornstarch.
  • This recipe can be made all year long, using lemon juice and pomegranate molasses.
  • If you happen to have sour pomegranate juice, use one cup and also add 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice. No need to add any pomegranate molasses in this case.
  • This dish is full of nutrients and flavor that suits the entire family even little kids.