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Eggplant Lentils Peppers in Olive Oil (Turkish Eggplant Recipes)

Eggplant, Lentils, and Peppers cooked in Olive Oil (Turkish)

4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 4
Calories 481 kcal


  • 6 ounces green lentils, rinsed
  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 14 ounces can diced tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp dried mint
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Put the green lentils in a pan of boiling water, stir and cover. Simmer in low heat for 15 minutes. Drain the water and set aside.
  • Using a vegetable peeler, peel the aubergine/eggplant in zebra stripes. Then, cut the aubergine/eggplant in half lengthways and cut each half into medium slices. Spread them on a wide tray, sprinkle salt over and leave aside for 15 minutes. Using a paper towel, squeeze the excess water out of the aubergines/eggplants.
  • Heat the 3 Tbsps of olive oil in a heavy pan and very lightly sauté the aubergine/eggplant slices for a minute or two. This will help aubergines/eggplants to soften up and start bringing out their lovely sweet flesh.
  • In a large bowl, combine the partially cooked lentils, onion, garlic, bell peppers, chopped tomatoes, salt, dried mint, th rest of the olive oil, and the sugar. Season with ground black pepper, check the seasoning and add more salt if needed.
  • In a wide heavy pan, place a layer of the aubergine/eggplant slices. Spread the half of the vegetable mixture over the aubergines/eggplants evenly. Place the remainder of the aubergine/eggplant slices over the top and spread the remaining vegetable mixture over also. Add the water, cover and cook on a medium to low heat for about 35 minutes.
  • Once cooked, cover and cool the dish in the pan, this will allow the flavours to develop and blend well. Serve at room temperature with some crusty bread.
  • Afiyet Olsun (means ‘May you be happy and healthy with this food you eat”).


Calories: 481kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 15gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gSodium: 739mgPotassium: 1277mgFiber: 23gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 1145IUVitamin C: 59mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 5mg
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