Stuffed Eggplants with Mince (Karniyarik) Recipe

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

That is the one basic recipe of Turkish&Ottoman Kitchen and this is my favourite dish that can be cooked with Eggplant. I really like it, and i reccomend if you cook it , you should cook rice also, they are very good friends i guess:)
This dish is normally served warm , but for vegetarians we have another version ,it is filled with onion,garlic&parsley. This dish is served cold and we call it "imambayıldı"(imam:prayer leader,bayıldı:to be fainted). I know it is so funny name. There are a lot of rumours about this name; someone tell a lady cooked this dish for her imam husband and he got fainted because of the delisious taste, some others tell imam fainted because of the cost of the dish and so on :)) this kinda funny stories about foods. But i like both ways of eggplant dishes. As you can understand from the stories ,it is very well known , old and important dish for Ottoman&Turkish kitchen..

5 small or medium eggplants
2 onions
250 gr mince (you can choose any meat you like)
1/2 table spoon tomato paste
1/2 bunch of parsley, finely chopped
2 tomatos
Black pepper

Peel alternating strips of skin lengthwise as seen in the picture for each eggplant. Most of people fry it but i like it light so i lay some oil in a tray and i put eggplants , add little oil on the eggplants also and cook in oven for 30 min with 180 degree. While it is cooking, chopp the onions well , with some oil and meat , cook it for 20 min with low heat. Add parsley, tomato paste,salt,black pepper, and cook a few min more all together, and it s ready. after the eggplants ready,Cut a slit in each eggplant , and fill the eggplants with the mince ingredients with a tea spoon. Cut tomatos and 2 pieces put on the every eggplant, add 100 gr water(1 tea glass) in the tray , cover the tray with aluminum foil, and cook 20 min in beforeheat oven with 180 degree..
Bon appetit...

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Stella said...

Hi Yesim, yum! Your eggplant looks so tender-like it was baked just right;-)

Yesim said...

tx Stella, actually it just baked:)))

Sortachef said...

This looks great. My wife and I are dedicated fans of the veggie version (the Imam Fainted) and even had it prepared in Greece for a special dinner. I have to think the Imam fainted because it was so good!
Thanks for a lovely post!

Adelina said...

It's neat to see your posts. My mom makes most of your listed posts... Never tried the veggie version.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

I love eggplant just about any way, but Imam Bayaldi is probably my favourite - on a recent trip to Greece we found that served in lots of restaurants and ate it a lot.
Sue :-)

Angie's Recipes said...

Love the eggplants...your stuffed eggplants look so tasty!

JayP said...

We've had a recipe for this for ages and I tried it once and it just didn't work. Love, love, love patlican with meat!! Going to try this VERY soon! :)

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Mother Rimmy said...

I really love the healthy ingredients you use in your dishes. This one looks fantastic. I need to start cooking more with eggplant. It's not a veggie I've used often.

Yesim said...

tx you all , happy to hear you like, it s my one of favourite,
@vincent; i m going be there..

Suchitra said...

love your posts and this recipe is delicious! though i am a vegetarian, i guess i can use tofu and recreate this dish. thanks for sharing

Pegasuslegend said...

this looks scrumptiously amazing!

Alisa said...

Yum!This looks so delicious.I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here.if you won't mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget at the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

Yesim said...

tx you..
@alisa:i did it but not sure if i m succesful or not:p

sevgi said...

This looks so delicious! This is one of my favorite Turkish dishes. I was planning to make it this week, so I will try your recipe!

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