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I wanted to come up with a recipe that would make use of the Varoma to cook chicken and a suitable vegetable to go with it.  The eggplant and lentil mixture is a Thermomix conversion of an Eggplant and Lentil Salad from a recipe book I have called Meals Made Easy (Murdoch Books, 2010).

Chicken Eggplant LentilsServes 4


1 small red onion, peeled and quartered

3 cloves garlic, peeled

40g light olive oil

300g eggplant, halved lengthwise then cut into 0.5cm pieces

1/4 tsp ground cumin

200g puy lentils, rinsed

35g Thermomix vegetable stock concentrate

350g water

1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley, leaves only, roughly chopped

20g red wine vinegar

20g extra virgin olive oil

8 chicken drumsticks

Salt and pepper to season


1. Put onion into the Thermomix bowl and chop for 4 seconds/Speed 5

2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add cumin and 20g of oil and cook with the measuring cup (MC) off for 2 minutes/Varoma/Speed 1

3. Add eggplant and cook with the MC off for 5 minutes/Varoma/Reverse/Speed soft

4. Remove to a Thermoserver to keep warm

5. Put garlic into the Thermomix and chop for 3 seconds/Speed 5

6. Scrape down sides, add remaining oil and cook with MC off for 1 minute/100C/Speed 1

7. Arrange chicken in the Varoma bowl and tray, season with salt and pepper and assemble

8. Add lentils, stock and water into the Thermomix bowl, put the Varoma on top and cook for 25 – 30 minutes/Varoma/Reverse/Speed soft (or until juices in the chicken run clear)

9. Remove Varoma, add eggplant mixture, parsley, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil into the Thermomix bowl and mix together for 1 minute /Reverse/Speed soft; using the spatula to help combine the contents

Tips and Hints

Puy lentils are also known as French lentils

[updated: March 4, 2014]