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Spicy Egyptian Eggplant with Chickpeas and Herbs

4 Servings

40 minutes

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The inspiration for this recipe was btingan mekhalel, a spicy, vinegary deep-fried eggplant dish sold by street vendors in Cairo. We learned our version from Abo Ahmed Sheta, who runs the café El-Gahsh. We swapped the deep-fryer for the ease of a broiler, and to create a satisfying vegetarian main, we supplemented the eggplant with chickpeas. Because broilers vary in heat output, check the eggplant for doneness after 10 minutes. For the same reason, it also may need longer than called for. The pieces should be tender and lightly charred, but not falling apart. Harissa is a North African red pepper paste seasoned with spices and other ingredients; our favorite brand is DEA, which usually is sold in a yellow tube. Serve warm or at room temperature.




Don't allow the eggplant and chickpeas to cool before tossing with the harissa mixture. As they cool, the ingredients absorb the flavorings so each bite is seasoned throughout.

40 minutes



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Kari W.
September 29, 2023
Sweet and sour
This was perfectly fine but got very samey. It has a sweet and sour profile, so if that appeals to you you’ll enjoy it.
Beth L.
October 14, 2022
Good, but...
It was good, but could have used more flavor. If I make it again, I will up the sauce by 50%, and add some chopped garlic with the beans.
Laura B.

What would be suggested to serve this with? Rice? Pita bread? Alongside a meat dish? It looks amazing!

April D.

Laura - all of the above! Pita bread or couscous would be our first recommendations.
- The Milk Street Team

Jennifer B.

Delicious, loved the charred eggplant. I served alongside a roasted chicken and orzo recipe.