We have made mujaddara at home many times since, and a similar dish called rishta bi which substitutes pasta for rice. We decided to put a garden spin on these classics by adding eggplant fresh from the garden. We cooked with Thai Long Green eggplant, but any type will work. Leave yourself plenty of time to caramelize the onions. Thomas Keller has a technique that takes an entire day, but if you live in the real world and can't spend the day in the kitchen, our approach yields tasty onions in around an hour. We use butter and olive oil for the onions, but vegans should use only olive oil and the onions will still taste great. Just a few ingredients, amazing flavors. Although it deviates from tradition, we think our eggplant rishta bi would make our old friend at Floyd's proud.
Eggplant Rishta Bi
1 lb eggplant, cut into thin slices
1 large onion, sliced
1/2 cup brown lentils
8 oz fresh tagliatelle pasta
(or 4 oz dry pasta)
sea salt and black pepper
fresh Italian parsley, chopped
- Heat olive oil over medium and fry eggplant slices until golden brown. Flip and repeat. Remove eggplant from pan to paper towels to dry.
- Melt butter (about 1 Tbs) and add a dash of olive oil over low heat and cook onions until brown and caramelized. This takes about an hour. Keep the pan covered to soften the onions. We let ours turn almost black before removing from heat.
- Boil water and add lentils, cooking until just tender. Drain in a collander.
- Cook pasta in salted water and drain in a collander.
- Toss pasta, lentils, 5 Tbs olive oil, eggplant and onions together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with chopped parsley.