Stuffed Eggplants with Spiced Mince & Chickpeas

This spiced mince recipe is one of my absolute faves- the Middle-Eastern spices are traditionally suited to lamb mince, but it works remarkably well with kangaroo mince, which has an equally strong, meaty flavour but is a much leaner alternative.

Cooked with chickpeas, fresh cherry tomatoes and chopped parsley, then spooned onto roasted eggplants; this dish is super hearty and makes for a deliciously aromatic, microwavable weekday lunch.

Stuffed Eggplant with Kangaroo and Chickpeas

Roasted eggplants stuffed with spiced kangaroo mince, chickpeas and cherry tomatoes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 392kcal


  • 5 large eggplants
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 medium red onions- diced
  • 3 cloves garlic- crushed
  • 1kg kangaroo mince or substitute with lamb mince
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes- halved
  • 1 handful flat-leaf parsley- leaves picked and roughly chopped


  • Pre-heat the oven to 220°C
  • Cut the eggplants in half-lengthways, and score the flesh diagonally with X's. Brush lightly with olive oil and place them on a roasting tray, skin-side down. Season with salt and pepper, and roast for 30 minutes or until tender. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool
  • In the meantime, heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet. Add all the spices to the pan with the diced onions and fry on medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, kangaroo mince, tomato paste, sugar and canned chickpeas and season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook and stir for a further 10 minutes or until the meat is cooked.
  • Chop the cherry tomatoes into halves and roughly chop the parsley. Combine these with the spiced mince mixture, and gently spoon the stuffing onto each eggplant
  • Garnish with more parsley, and serve


Calories: 392kcal
Carbs: 28.1g | Fat: 10.8g | Protein: 47.2g

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