Slow Cooker Eggplant Chickpea Stew

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When I had no cooking gas last week, I decided to get reacquainted with my slow-cooker by making this eggplant chickpea stew. All I did, honestly, was throw in a bunch of ingredients I had that needed to get used up that I thought would taste good together. Turns out I was onto something—this was great! I served it with steamed kale, brown rice and a little goat cheese on top. You can also add other veggies like roasted cauliflower, like I did when I had leftovers for lunch.


  • 1-2 eggplants, cubed
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 15-oz can crushed or diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2-3 drops liquid smoke
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups water


  1. Combine ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on high ~4.5 hours.
  2. Serve hot

Do you have a favorite slow cooker recipe? 


6 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Eggplant Chickpea Stew

    Kelly said:
    January 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    that sounds really good! I don’t have a slow cookier – I know, it’s tragic. I think I’d get a lot of use out of one, so maybe this warrants a trip to Target…

    Jess responded:
    January 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Slow cookers are kind of awesome for when you want to come home to something already made or for inconvenient stuff like having the gas turned off in your building (not cool), but you can also make this on the stove, just simmered for, an hour or so probably.

    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl said:
    January 15, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Eggplant chickpea stew… yum! I see that it contains all my favorite spices in it, too. Thanks for the recipe.

      Jess responded:
      January 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      I hope you enjoy it—the spices really make it for me too : )

    Emily said:
    January 15, 2012 at 3:10 am

    I LOVE slow cookers! I don’t usually follow recipes which I feel is a main advantage for slow cookers. Just throw stuff in a wait awhile! Your recipe looks really good though!

      Jess responded:
      January 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      That’s why I like slow cookers too—gotta love something where you can just throw in a bunch of stuff and hope for the best!

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