Lazy potato & aubergine hot pot

Potato and aubergine hot pot

This is a super simple delicious Iranian hot pot called tas kebab. My mother used to make it quite often – days when she simply wanted to put something together with too much ado and we couldn’t have enough of it.  Mine is somehow never as nice as her’s….. but that’s Mum’s cooking for you and we can never quite replicate the magic formula – perhaps it’s the love factor…..a pinch of love makes all the difference.

4 servings


1 large aubergine, cut in half across the belly, then slice lengthways into 4 slices
4 medium waxy potatoes, cut into thick slices
2 medium onions, cut in round thick slices
3 large tomatoes, cut in round thick slices (or 1 tin chopped tomatoes)
1 tin braised tofu (I used Marigold Braised Tofu available at Holland & Barrett)
2 tablespoons tomato puree
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon dried mint and some fresh mint if handy
1 small cup of water
A little black pepper


  1. In a large deep saucepan, layer the onions, followed by tofu, potatoes, aubergines and lastly sliced tomatoes
  2. In one cup of water add turmeric, tomato puree, black pepper, salt and olive oil, mix and pour on hot pot
  3. Cover with lid and bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 1 – 1¼ hours
  4. Sprinkle with mint 15 minutes before it is ready
  5. There shouldn’t be much liquid left in the hot pot – if there is, uncover and dry it off to leave just a thick sauce
  6. Serve with rice or quinoa


7 thoughts on “Lazy potato & aubergine hot pot

  1. Is the Marigold Braised Tofu in the cooling section at Holland & Barrett? Or is it UHT? Our Holland & Barrett doesn’t have a fridge. 🙁

      1. Thank you, keep forgetting to check for a reply, should message you on FB really. 😉 So will have a look in H&B next time we’re going to a town where there is one.

        1. Yes that’s right Ulrike, H&B do keep it and they also have tins of what they call Mock Duck made by Granovita, which is wheat gluten and quite good for the larder! take care

    1. Thanks Anita, it is yummy and so simple to put together – I tend to do it when I can’t be bothered to fry spices or onions, just pop everything in a pot and let it get on with it.

      I hope you like it and make it part of your culinary repertoire!


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