Khoresht e Gheimeh Bademjan or Aubergine Stew

Everyone loves this dish. It’s something you’ll enjoy eating for lunch, dinner or any time in fact!  Very like  Khoresht e bademjan except in this recipe you use lamb rather than chicken.

This is one of those recipes you can make in stages which was perfect for me yesterday as I had my 2 yrs old grand-daughter visiting for the day. Having tucked away a good helping of Lubia polou for lunch her  nose was twitching at the smells coming from the kitchen! I had already cooked the meat earlier and only needed to add the split yellow peas and budemjan which was useful as 2 yr olds haven’t got much patience! She then proceeded to tuck into 2 good helpings of Khoresht e Gheimeh Budemjan and I think if her mother hadn’t arrived, she would have demolished the lot!



  • 400 gr’s of lamb cut in small cubes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 medium-sized budemjan or aubergine ( eggplant)
  • 1 cup of split yellow peas
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of advieh
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground saffron to make 1 small cup of liquid saffron.
  • dried limes ( limu amani)
  • 1 cup of tomato paste
  • A little oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Pierce the limu amani with the tip of a knife before you add to them to the khoresht as it helps the the flavor of the limu to infuse into the khoresht
  • Wash, peel, quarter and then slice the bademjan ( aubergine). Spread onto a large flat plate and sprinkle with salt. Turn and sprinkle with salt again. Leave for 30 mins and then rinse. Pat them dry before frying. This helps to remove the bitter taste.


  1. Chop the onion and gently fry in a little oil until it begins to turn golden
  2. Add the meat, garlic, salt and pepper and the turmeric, stir well and continue to cook until the meat is brown
  3. Cover with water, add the lime juice, tomato paste, saffron  and advieh and simmer gently over a low heat  for about an hour and a half or  until the meat is tender. You may need to add a little more water.
  4. Meanwhile boil a pan of water, add the split yellow peas and cook for 20 mins. Add the split yellow peas and stir in.
  5. Take a fry ing pan, heat some oil and when hot place the sliced aubergines in the oil and cook until golden. Dont forget to turn them.
  6. About 15  mins before you are ready to serve add the aubergine but avoid stirring incase you break up them up. just allow them to sit on the surface of the khoresht and absorb the flavours.
  • This dish is always better served the next day!

~Serve with saffron rice, salad, herbs and natural yoghurt and you have a feast~

~Nooshi joonet. Enjoy ~


4 thoughts on “Khoresht e Gheimeh Bademjan or Aubergine Stew

  1. Salam~
    I am finally starting to cook more Persian food since I got married and my American husband loves it. Your website it wonderful! Just made this khoresht and it turned out delicious. It’s one of my favorites!

  2. 5 years ago, my husband and I had an Iranian neighbor who worked at a Persian restaurant here in Houston, and missed his mother’s cooking (he’d been in the states for 10 years), so I was inspired by him to try my hand at making Persian food. This was my fave stew at the restaurant, and yours was one of the first that popped up in a search. I’m making it right now, and my apartment smells SOOO good! I’ve made it with both lamb, or beef (when lamb is too pricey), and it’s amazing either way! I even took all the ingredients from Texas to Ocean City, New Jersey to prepare this for my family one Summer vacation, and they LOVED it! Your site has such wonderful recipes, and has inspired me to try more things, like ghormeh sabzi (what a lot of work with all those fresh herbs; thank goodness for my Cuisinart!) Thank you so much for the recipes, and the inspiration to prepare them!

    One question: the recipe calls for 1 cup tomato paste; is that really 1 full cup (8 oz)? Seemed like a lot, so I’ve been using about 4 tablespoons (8 really because I double the recipe).

    Hey I think it was a error . But 1 cup of peeled tomatoes would be about right. So pleased to hear your feedback.

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