Eggplant with Meatballs (Borani Bademjan)

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Zohreh from California.

Portions: 6

Serving size: 5 meatballs and 1 cup eggplant


  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper
  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® seasoning blend
  • 1 cup stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water


    1. Peel and crush garlic clove. Chop green pepper and finely dice onion. Peel eggplant, slice lengthwise and cut into pieces.
    2. In a nonstick skillet, heat oil and sauté crushed garlic and green pepper. Remove and set aside.
    3. In the same oil, sauté eggplant on both sides until browned. Remove and set aside.
    4. In a bowl, mix ground beef with onion and spices. Make 30 small meatballs.
    5. Brown meatballs (without using oil) at low temperature in the nonstick skillet.
    6. Add sautéed eggplant, garlic, bell pepper, crushed stewed tomatoes and water to meatballs. Let simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  265
  • Protein  17 g
  • Carbohydrates  12 g
  • Fat  18 g
  • Cholesterol  47 mg
  • Sodium  153 mg
  • Potassium  598 mg
  • Phosphorus  193 mg
  • Calcium  45 mg
  • Fiber  4.6 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 2 meat
    • 2 vegetable, medium potassium
    • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • 2 medium eggplants yield 8 cups.
    • Substitute ground turkey for beef if desired.
    • Serve this meal with pita, lavash or tortilla bread and a small bowl of iceberg lettuce salad with olive oil and lemon juice dressing.

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Eggplant with Meatballs (Borani Bademjan)
MGD2Lite says:

Could you change up the seasoning with Oregano and Basil, onion powder & crushed Red Pepper? And maybe a little parm cheese on top? Dietitian comment: Certainly all of your suggestions will add flavor and are acceptable on a kidney diet. Suggest limit the cheese to 1/2 to 1 tablespoon.

Jun. 06, 2014, 8:52 AM - Inappropriate review?
Eggplant with Meatballs (Borani Bademjan)
cciliax says:

Excellent recipe....and very versatile. I didn't have beef on hand, so I used shrimp. Still full of flavor and my family raved about it.

May. 17, 2013, 12:46 PM - Inappropriate review?
Eggplant with Meatballs (Borani Bademjan)

Merci for the Persian recipe. I've been making this, but I hadn't seen your recipe. Thanks for this gift.

May. 12, 2012, 9:39 AM - Inappropriate review?
Eggplant with Meatballs (Borani Bademjan)
jbowlit says:

Once again I used ground sirloin. This recipe didn't seem like it would be very flavorful but I love eggplant and it turned out to be absolutely delicious. Loved the seasonings!

Dec. 21, 2011, 9:36 PM - Inappropriate review?
Eggplant with Meatballs (Borani Bademjan)

Used ground turkey. Flavorful without being too filling.

Aug. 18, 2010, 7:10 AM - Inappropriate review?
Eggplant with Meatballs (Borani Bademjan)
AmyBCD1 says:

This is a delicious recipe. I will be making it again.

May. 24, 2008, 12:42 PM - Inappropriate review?

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