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Eggplant and Tomato Tagine

You turn this flavorful topping for rice or couscous into a main dish by adding canned chickpeas.

Cooking Light MAY 2006

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 cup tomato mixture and about 2 tablespoons bell pepper)


  • 11 cups (3/4-inch) cubed peeled eggplant (about 2 pounds)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced red bell pepper (about 1 large)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Sprinkle eggplant with 1/4 teaspoon salt; let stand 20 minutes. Rinse; pat dry.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Place eggplant on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Coat eggplant with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until eggplant is tender, stirring once.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until soft. Set aside.

Combine tomato paste, paprika, cumin, garlic, and tomatoes in a small Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; simmer 3 minutes. Add eggplant to pan; cook 5 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Stir in juice; garnish with bell pepper.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 98
  • Calories from fat: 25%
  • Fat: 2.7g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 3.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 18.3g
  • Fiber: 8.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 1.1mg
  • Sodium: 373mg
  • Calcium: 42mg

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Eggplant and Tomato Tagine Recipe