The Best Moroccan Eggplant Recipe, Za’aluq

The Best Moroccan Eggplant recipe, Za’aluq 

This flavorful moroccan food can be served as a salad or as a side dish.  For a different version and flavor, add preserved lemon and lemon juice.


Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 lb Eggplants
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 8 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped Cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon diced preserved lemon and juice of 1/2 lemon (optional)


  1. Peel the eggplants lengthwise, leaving stripes on and off.  Cut them into small 1/2 inch cubes
  2. Steam, boil or bake the eggplants for 15 min, until soft.
  3. In a pan, pour the olive oil, add minced garlic.  Add the diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, cumin and paprika.  Stir and cook for 5 min.
  4. When Eggplants are cooked.  Drain well and add to the tomato sauce.
  5. Mash the eggplants with a fork while mixing to tomato sauce.
  6. Sprinkle over chopped cilantro
  7. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until excess juices have evaporated .

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