This eggplant and pepper stew is often served on festive occasions in Iran and is believed to have been a favorite with royalty. Prep Time 10 mins. Total Time 1 hr 10 mins. Chicken and Eggplant (Aubergine) Khoresh Recipe | Mediterranean Food. Print Recipe Pin Recipe. a If you have the time, leave the salted eggplant in a colander for 20 minutes or so while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Cook's Tip: Salting the eggplant and allowing it to sit for a few minutes helps it "sweat out" any bitterness and improves its spongy texture. Cook Time 1 hr.