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Tabakh Ruhu
Soul of the Cook
So named because of the ease and flexibility with which it is prepared, Tabakh Ruhu can be made with almost any available vegetable.
Total time: 1 hour
½ cup (1 stick) butter
3 lbs. ground lamb or beef
3 cups coarsely chopped onion
4 lbs. eggplant or zucchini, peeled and cut into chunks
6 cups crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp. garlic
2 tbsp. dried mint

In a large stew pot, melt the butter and brown the ground meat. Add the chopped onions and stir well. Add the eggplant, crushed tomatoes, garlic and mint, and water if needed to cover the meat and eggplant. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, until the eggplant is fully cooked. Serve with rice or bulgur pilaf.

The meat may be omitted, and the quantity of vegetables increased, if you prefer a vegetarian dish.