Khoresht Gheymeh Bademjan – Persian Stew with Split Peas and Eggplant

Khoresht Gheymeh Bademjan – Persian Stew with Split Peas and Eggplant

One of our favourite recipes to prepare in advance to batch cook and freeze is this Khoresht Gheymeh Bademjan recipe.
The eggplant and tomato topping adds a more elegant twist to this traditional recipe.

This version is vegetarian but can just as easily be made with chunks of lamb.

Things to note when making Khoresht Gheymeh Bademjan

Be sure to use enough oil when initially frying the onion and the spices. The turmeric specifically can form a coating on the bottom of the saucepan if you don’t use enough oil.

I pulse my dried lime – limmoo amani – in the food processor to break them up into a course powder. I prefer to do this than use the whole pierced dried lime as is often traditionally used.

When adding the prunes, I prefer to add them at the end. I divide them between the glass casserole dishes and then add the prepared Gaymeh over the top. This results in the prunes keeping their shape while taking on the flavor of the khoresht. A burst of flavor when biting into the prune.

Pre-boiling the sliced eggplant was a tip given to me by my sister-in-law when she came over for a visit from Iran. This reduces the amount of oil absorbed by the eggplant when frying, but for this recipe, as the dish is finished in the oven, the eggplant does not need to be fried before layering on the top of the dish with the tomatoes.

Khoresht Gheymeh Bademjan – Persian Stew with Split Peas and Eggplant batch cookingDrizzling tamarind or pomegranate syrup over the top, and sprinkling with sesame seeds and crushed pepper just before the final cook in the oven results in a rich glaze giving an element finish to the final dish.

This recipe is great when preparing for large gatherings, but overtime I have found this, along with Gorme Sabzi, to be one of the best batch cook and freeze recipes.

Khoresht Gheymeh Bademjan – Persian Stew with Split Peas and Eggplant Freeze as a batch

Serve with white Persian rice with crispy potato tahdig and air fryer chips. An amazing, last minute easy Persian meal straight from the freezer.

Khoresht Gheymeh Bademjan - Persian Stew with Split Peas and Eggplant

A delightfull easy recipe to prepare ahead for the busy household.
Serve with Persian polo rice and chips.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Persian, Vegetarian
Servings: 20 servings


  • 4 med Onions Diced
  • 1 kg yellow split peas washed
  • 2 tlbs Tumeric
  • 2 tlbs Salt
  • 2 tlbs dried lime - limoo amani
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 large tin crushed tomotoes 825g
  • 3 tlb tomatoe paste
  • 100 gram prepared tamarind
  • 4 each eggplant
  • 4 each fresh tomatoes
  • 500 gram prunes


  • Gently fry onion, tumeric, salt and cumin untill the onion is transparent, adding oil generously as needed.
  • Stir through the dried lime and let cook for a further 1 minute or so.
  • Add washed yellow split peas, stirring through the mixture.
  • Add tinned tomatoes, tomato paste and tumeric, and enough water to cover.
  • Bring to boil and leave to gently simmer for about an hour. Regularly stirring, and adding more water as needed.

Perpare Topping

  • Thickly slice the eggplant into ½ inch rounds
  • Bring large saucepan of salty water to the boil.
  • Drop in the eggplant in batches and cook untill semi-transparent. Do not over cook.
  • Drain on a tea towel or paper towle until dry.
  • Thickly slice the tomato into ½ inch rounds

Putting it all together

  • Divide the prunes between 4 - 5 glass oven proof serving dishes
  • Spoon the Khoresht Geymeh ontop of the prunes
  • Layer rows of boiled eggplant and tomatoe alterntlly
  • Diagianlly drizzle tamarind syrup decoratily accross the top
  • Optionally sprinkle with crushed black pepper, rock salt and seseme seeds
  • Cook in a moderate oven (180° C) for around 30 - 45 minutes


This recipe makes 5 meals for our family. One for the day when I make it and 4 more for the freezer.
Remove from the freezer and let defrost on the shelf during the day. Pop into the oven to heat while preparing the polo rice and air fried chips.
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