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Persian Stuffed Eggplant Recipe

Persian Stuffed Eggplant Recipe

Image: Lisa Holmen

These stuffed eggplants are beautifully balanced with savoury and sweet flavours. The addition of pomegranate molasses is a subtle natural sweetener to the dish and the pomegranate seeds provide a lovely burst of freshness on the palate. Substitute lamb with lentils to make a vegetarian version.

Serves: 6




  • 3 eggplants, cut in half lengthways
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 450g lean lamb mince
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • Black pepper, to season
  • ¼ cup pomegranate molasses
  • 50g feta
  • 4 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • Seeds 1 pomegranate
  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Cut the eggplants in half lengthways, then using a sharp knife, cut diamonds in a lattice pattern on the top of each eggplant half and drizzle with half (2 tbsp) of the olive oil. Bake in the oven for 45–50 minutes until tender.
  3. While the eggplants are cooking, prepare the lamb mince. Heat the rest of the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium to high heat then add the onion and garlic and cook until soft then add the cumin and cook for another minute. Add the lamb mince and cook until golden brown and cooked through. Season to taste.
  4. Stir in the pomegranate molasses and cook for 2-3 mins until the liquid is reduced.
  5. To serve, place the eggplants on a serving dish and top with the lamb mixture followed by the feta, parsley and pomegranate seeds.


Lisa Holmen

Lisa Holmen is a food and travel writer, recipe developer and photographer. Her blog, Lisa Eats World, is one of the leading food and travel blogs in Australia, featuring healthy recipes, restaurant reviews and food-inspired travel guides. Lisa divides her time between the bustle of Melbourne and her new home on the Mornington Peninsula where she loves meeting local producers, visiting wineries, soaking up the coastal lifestyle and adopting a “slower” approach to living.
An advocate of sustainable and ethical foods, Lisa is particularly passionate about healthy, organic and wholesome foods and cooking from scratch. She believes in simplicity in the kitchen and loves trying new recipes, drawing inspiration from her travel adventures and her heritage. Although she’s not a vegetarian, Lisa has an appreciation for plant-based cooking and wholefoods and tries to cook vegetarian at home wherever possible.