Please consult the OU's guidelines for checking fruits and vegetables.

Turkish Eggplant Stew
Turkish Eggplant Stew Eileen Goltz | Pareve
1 hour, 40 minutes 55 minutes
1 hour, 25 minutes
8 to 10 servings

Fresh parsley tends to be infested with aphids, thrips and other insects. Please see “Kashrut Instructions” below for instructions on checking parsley for insect infestation.

  • 2 medium eggplants (2 lbs.)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 (14 to 16-oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Juice of ½ to 1 lemon, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ to ½ cup chopped fresh parsley, to taste
  • Salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste
  • Cooked rice or mashed potatoes (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Prick the eggplants in several places with fork; place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake until softened and collapsed, about 45 to 55 minutes.
  3. Cool, slice open, and scoop the pulp from the skin. Discard the skin and chop the pulp.

  4. Chop the onion.
  5. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion; saute until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggplant, tomatoes, lemon juice and sugar.
  6. Simmer gently, covered, 20 minutes.
  7. Add the parsley, and then season with salt and pepper. Simmer 10 minutes more.
  8. Serve alone, over rice, or over mashed potatoes.

Kashrut Instructions


DESCRIPTION: Fresh Chives, basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme are often used as spices or garnishing.

Please Note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used.

INFESTATION: Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water.

Vegetable spinners, power hoses, and light boxes are not always available in the home. We therefore recommend the following alternate procedure.

RECOMMENDATION: In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs it should not be used.


  1. Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated unscented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
  2. Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs.
  3. Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs.
  4. Check both sides of each leaf under direct light.
  5. If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs.
  6. If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.

Please note: To prepare herbs such as cilantro, dill, or parsley for use in soups, wash them thoroughly and place in a cooking bag.