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Eggplant Jam

Middle Eastern style eggplant jam is made with baby eggplants, and the addition of warm spices and walnuts.
Author Diana
Servings 2 kg jam
Prep Time 3 days
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 days


  • 2 pounds (900g) mini eggplants
  • 2 pounds (900g) granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks whole
  • 4 whole cloves
  • dried green cardamom pods a few, optional
  • 1 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • water just to cover the eggplants in the pot/saucepan


  • Peel the skin off the eggplants (if bitter you have to soak in water overnight).
  • Place eggplants in a large saucepan/pot and cover with water, bring to boil then change the water to remove bitterness.
  • Again cover with fresh water, bring to boil then lower the heat to a simmer, add sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and cardamom if using and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cover with a lid, and let the mixture sit at room temperature until the next day.
  • On the next day, place the saucepan or pot with the jam on medium heat for about 20 minutes and allow to simmer. Remove from heat.
  • On the third day, repeat the same steps as the second day, and at the end the add juice of one lemon, and walnuts, and remove from heat. Let the jam sit for about 20 minutes. Pour into sterilized jars and seal.


  • Do NOT cook the jam in one day, as the eggplants will become too soft and mushy and will fall apart.
  • Adding walnuts is optional but they add a nice crunch and flavor to the jam.
  • If you really like cinnamon you can add 1-2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon to the jam for a stronger taste.