Place eggplant in a colander and sprinkle with the course salt. Let stand for one hour, then pat dry with paper towels.
Heat 1/2 cup of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the eggplant and sauté until almost tender, adding oil if needed. Remove the eggplant to a Dutch oven.
Heat the remaining 1/4 cup oil in the same skillet over low heat. Add the onions, garlic and green peppers; saute until just softened--about 10 minutes. Add to the eggplant in the Dutch oven.
Place the Dutch oven over low heat and add the canned tomatoes with their liquid, fresh tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, oregano, basil, pepper, salt, fennel and parsley. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently for 30 minutes.
Stir in the kidney beans, chick peas, dill and lemon juice and cook for another 15 minutes.The eggplant peel should be tender.Stir well and adjust the seasonings.
Serve with a dollop of sour cream or pain yogurt and a sprinkling of shredded cheese.
Place oven racks at the upper and lower thirds positions and preheat oven to 250 F.
Coarsely grate celery root into a bowl using the 1/3 inch-wide holes of a box grater.
Peel potatoes and coarsely grate into a large bowl. Add lemon juice and toss. Coarsely grate onions into the same bowl.
Transfer to towel, then gather the corners to form a sack. Twist tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible.
Return potatoes and onions into a clean bowl and stir in celery root, flour, eggs, salt, pepper and celery seeds until well combined.
Heat 1/3 inch of oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot, but not smoking. Fill a ¼ cup measure (but do not tightly pack) with the latke mixture and carefully spoon into the heated skillet, then fry until the underside is a deep golden color (1 ½ to 3 minutes).
Turn over using 2 spatulas and fry until deep golden on all sides (1 ½ to 3 more minutes).
Transfer to paper towels to drain briefly. Keep warm in a baking dish in the oven.
Repeat frying process until all latkes are cooked.
You may fry latkes 1 hour ahead of serving time.
You may shred the potatoes, onions and celery root in a food processer with the shredding disk.
However use 5 eggs (instead of 4), as the machine will grate more coarsely than hand grating and will require more binding.
Monitor the rate at which the latkes brown. If they brown very quickly, try reducing the heat to
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