Our first attempt at Maghmour (smoky eggplant and chickpea version of moussaka). Hit the spot but next time we’ll add a little more cayenne. 🔥🔥🔥Instead of my usual glass of wine I went with the grapefruit @lacroixwater = SO refreshing 💦 🥤
2 Large Eggplant (about 2 pounds)
¾ Cup Dry Chickpeas (or 2 Cups canned)
½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Large Onion, diced
5 Cloves Garlic, minced
Pinch of Kosher Salt
Two Cups Tomato (Peeled fresh in summer, otherwise canned)
1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
1 Teaspoon Smoked Spanish Paprika
1 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
1 Tablespoon Dried Mint
1 - 2 Cups Water
1.) Pre heat oven to 400°F. Cut eggplants into cubes about two inches square. Coat with half of the olive oil and roast in the oven until tender and browned (about 20-30 minutes).
2.) In another heavy bottomed large pot heat remaining olive oil. Add onions and a pinch of salt and saute until translucent, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until garlic is tender and fragrant.
3.) Add tomato, tomato paste, paprika, eggplant, drained chickepeas, and mint. Bring to a simmer and cook until flavors meld, about 20 minutes. Add additional water as necessary to maintain a moist, stew-like consistency.