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

Eggplant with Meatballs (Borani Bademjan)

DaVita dietitian, Zohreh from California, shares her kidney-friendly recipe for a Persian dish called, Borani Bademjan, or Eggplant with Meatballs. One of the best ways to make the dialysis diet more interesting is to try foods from other cultures. This tasty renal-friendly recipe fits the bill.

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 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 medium eggplants, peeled, sliced lengthwise and cut into pieces
  • 1 pound ground meat 7% (beef or turkey)
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® seasoning blend
  • 1 cup canned, stewed tomatoes, crushed
  • 2 cups water


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

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

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

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Serve this meal with pita, lavash or tortilla bread and a small bowl of iceberg lettuce salad with olive oil and lemon juice dressing.
    • If you like garlic, use two garlic cloves.
    • 2 medium eggplants yield 8 cups.
    • Nutrient analysis used turkey for ground meat source and salted stewed tomatoes.
    •  Substitute canned spicy-flavored tomatoes for extra flavor.

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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)

teachwalking says:


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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