Wash and slice the eggplant. You can cut them at length, but I like the cut circles. In this case, the peel can not be removed. In my opinion, in this particular recipe, peel the aubergine slices helps keep the shape.
Add 2 tablespoons of salt in 1 liter of water, stir and soak in it sliced eggplant.
While they are impregnated with salt, cut the tomatoes into thin circles. Also chop the onion into thin half-rings, and beef - cubes. If you use a potato, cut it as thin as possible.
On medium heat, heat the pan and add the 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil. Fry onions, stirring occasionally, until it is soft and lightly golden.
Next, add the meat to the pan and fry it with onions for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add to the pan salt, black pepper, cumin and tomato paste. If you add the garlic, put it too.
Now we need to beef stew for about an hour. You can simmer in a pan or in a conventional pan.
To the meat stuck to the bottom of the frying pan, add the 6 cups of water and close the lid.
Just looked to all the liquid has evaporated and the meat is not burnt.
Meanwhile, it's time to start frying eggplant. They absorb much oil, so I recommend to remove them from the salt water and dry well with napkins before you fry, and also dry them immediately after cooking.
Remove excess oil with eggplant necessarybecause the end result is you do not like it if a casserole with meat get fat. So, fried eggplant slices well to soak through the paper and add up to the plate.
It's time to turn on the oven - let heated to 180 gr.S.
Meanwhile, spread the finished stewbeef in a baking dish. Pour into the mold a little liquid, but the liquid should not cover more than half of the meat. Otherwise, it will flow when the pudding will be in the oven.
Put the beef on top of two layers of eggplant, and on top - a layer of tomatoes. If you are using the potatoes, place a layer of potatoes directly on the meat, so it is better propechetsya.
I placed a layer of eggplant, then a layer of tomatoes on top of them.
The third layer was a combination of both. In general, it is possible in every one - experiment.
If you use the cheese, grate it and sprinkleon top of the vegetables. Chop the parsley finely and sprinkle it over the entire casserole. Cook a casserole of eggplant about 40 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 gr.S.
Cooked beef with eggplant is best served with boiled crumbly rice. You can of course use any side dish with rice but perfect :)