Add the stuffing into the aubergines and place them, stuffed side up, in a pan for which you have a lid. Meanwhile, make the stuffing. Ezo Gelin corba, spicy bulgur and lentil soup flavored with dried mint and red pepper flakes, was one of the highlights of the class, everyone really enjoyed it and pleasantly surprised how easy it was. It can be spiced up with fresh coriander, ground cumin, garlic or cayenne, or mellowed with yoghurt. If you google imam bayıldı, the internet offers a huge number of recipes. Turkish mezes are traditionally little appetizers which appear on the table before the main course. It was wonderful to have a chance to talk and spread the word on wholesome, delicious Turkish cuisine – and had a flash back of happy memories of my amateur DJ days at Kent FM in Istanbul! To the amusement of some Turks, many Greeks claim heritage to the dish. İmam bayıldı, literally “the imam fainted”*, likely hails from the Aegean coast. Recipes differ from place to place but generally the dish consists of fried cubes of aubergines, peppers and onion in a fresh tomato sauce served with a dollop of yogurt. A favorite starter at fish restaurants at home, it also makes a wonderful, easy to make main course. Packed full of flavor and easily reproduced at home without having to spend hours at your cooker, you will be surprised at the simplicity of such stunning dishes. 150 ml water (boiling); Add the water, cover the lid and simmer on a low heat for 10-15 minutes until most of the water is absorbed. I was back home, Istanbul, recently and as always it felt so good. Peel half the skin off the aubergines, so they resemble a zebra pattern. Make a lengthwise incision in the aubergines, as if opening a baguette, leaving 2 cm at either end. The delicious heat from the red pepper flakes complements the dish beautifully. Below are some of my favorite mezzes; they are refreshing, delicious and you would be surprised to see how easy they are. Serves 4. And so it was. At home in the restaurants, this salad is served as part of a meze spread with warm pita bread, lovely feta cheese, hummus and olives. Chili salad is delicious as a dip, paste or spread. 12 bottles of the most exquisite olive oil was gifted as part of the dowry. Turkish aubergine in tomato sauce (Soslu patlıcan), İzmir köfte – Baked Turkish meatballs with vegetables, Runner beans in olive oil (Zeytinyağlı taze fasülye), 2 aubergines (long and slender, if you can find them) or 4-6 small aubergines, 135 ml (9 Tbsp) best-quality olive oil (a mild extra virgin if you can), 2 Tbsp best-quality olive oil (a mild extra virgin if you can), 2 medium onions, cut into thin half moons, 250 g (2 medium) tomatoes, peeled and cut into wedges, 1 tsp Aleppo pepper (pul biber) or pinch regular chili flakes (optional). This simple dip is served all over Turkey. It is a striking example of one of the key virtues of Turkish cuisine, namely the use of simple ingredients and basic techniques to produce a surprisingly complex result. As a matter of fact, it tastes even better a day or two later it’s made! As with most dishes in Western Turkish cuisine, spices more commonly used in the Middle East or Greece are not used. Kisir is generally made with nar eksisi (sour pomegranate molasses) instead of lemon juice – though it is common to use lemon juice for Kisir at northwest Turkey. Serve at room temperature with some … Here’s my Kisir recipe, hope you enjoy it. If you are not keen on prawns, you can take out and add cooked chickpeas to the mixture instead, as we did for an alternative version. Ground cumin goes well with chickpeas, as well as red pepper flakes for a delicious heat. Fascinating Turkey Culinary Tour 2015 ; October 25th - 30th, 2015. The incision should not pierce through the bottom of the aubergines. You choose about 3-4 mezes for the table. Set aside to cool completely. Patlicanli Eksileme, Smoked eggplant salad with vegetables, parsley and dried mint. The following recipe is Turkish in origin. Biberli Ekmek, southern Turkish style flat breads with crumbled feta, za’atar and red pepper paste, was another easy recipe we did at the class. The delicious heat from the red pepper flakes complements the dish beautifully. Pingback: Adventure in Istanbul - Dinner at Meze by Lemon Tree - Omnivore's Cookbook | Omnivore's Cookbook . Poach each egg for 2-3 minutes so that the yolk remains soft. I love the lightness semolina gives to this dessert, also fragrant with lemon juice and lemon zest, so easy to make, here’s my Revani recipe. Coban Salata, Shepherd’s Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, spring onions, view the class details and book through Divertimenti Cookery School at this link, Here is the podcast link of our interview, http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk/podcasts/OzlemWarren2016-11-27.mp3, Turkish Vegetarian Feast; Ideas from our Turkish Cookery Class, Ezo Gelin corba, spicy bulgur and lentil soup, Biberli Ekmek, southern Turkish style flat breads with crumbled feta, za’atar and red pepper paste, Karides Guvec, Prawn casserole with vegetables and grated cheese, potato and bulgur rolls, Patatesli, bulgurlu kofte, Please click here for more information & registration. The leftovers also freeze beautifully. It was wonderful to be hands on with 9 enthusiastic participants and create a Turkish feast. The dish is another celebration of the Turks love of aubergines. You can make them ahead of time and they are delicious dipped into olive oil & pomegranate molasses sauce. Due to popular demand, my Turkish vegetarian class will be repeated at the Divertimenti Cookery School in London on Saturday, April 30th, from 11 am to 2.30 pm. The classes would also make a wonderful gift for the festive season. Poached Eggs with Garlic Yoghurt, Turkish Style – Cilbir. See more ideas about meze, food, recipes. Stir and let the red pepper flakes infuse to olive oil for a few minutes, turn the heat off. Kisir, Spicy Bulgur Wheat Salad with Pomegranate Molasses. Though perhaps that use of the word itself comes from the story of the imam that fainted? Pide bread, Turkish flat bread is easy to cook at home; this version of pide has a crispy crust but soft in texture, great to serve with mezzes. Kisir is a specialty in the southeast of Turkey, from where the country’s spicier dishes hail. This combination also makes a wonderful and healthy lunch alternative. We then set down and enjoyed the fruits of our labor together, it was a great team effort! The dried mint really adds a wonderful flavor to this salad, most refreshing. Or was it in shock? I had the pleasure of having an interview with Jill Bennet on healthy Turkish cuisine at the Brooklands Radio on Sunday, 27th November. Drizzle the red pepper flakes infused olive oil over the poached eggs. Lambs lettuce salad with garlic yoghurt; Yogurtlu semizotu salatasi. In the meantime, put two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and fry the onions, garlic, and peppers until tender. No e-books or spam, just inspiring emails every fortnight or so. Regional Signature Dishes; Mains, Sides and Desserts, My Culinary & Cultural Tour to Turkey, 2009, Regional Signature Dishes; Starters, Mains and Desserts. This is especially true if you go to a fish restaurant. This collection of mezze That said, different types of aubergines don’t have wildly different flavour, so if a big one is all you’ve got, that’ll do too. I’ve published two books on Turkish and Middle Eastern food, available in Norwegian and German. The basic recipe requires only four ingredients: aubergines, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Take off the heat. Cover and reduce the heat to low. The low, slow braise in plenty of olive oil is part of what makes the dish so special. And Stuffed aubergines with lentils, Mercimekli Karniyarik, Bulgur pilaf with freekeh, aubergine, tomatoes – Firikli Sebzeli Bulgur Pilavi, Chickpea Salad with sumac onions, peppers, spinach and tomatoes, Ozlem's culinary and cultural trip photos to Turkey, Kiymali Pide; Turkish Flat bread with ground meat and vegetables, Fried Eggs with Turkish Sucuk (dried sausage) – Sucuklu Yumurta, Turkish Meatballs, Kofte 101 and Grated Carrots, Red Cabbage Salad, Barbara’s wonderful hands-on Provencal cooking classes in France, Ghillie Basan, Turkish cookery books author, 1 small garlic clove, crushed and chopped finely, 1 cup / 8 fl. Christians of Greek heritage were a significant minority during the Ottoman empire, and there is indeed much overlap between Greek and Western Turkish cuisine. It can be served as one of several dishes for a meze style meal, as a vegetarian/vegan main course, or even alongside meat or fish, if you like. – Here is the podcast link of our interview, if you like to listen to. Turkish stuffed aubergines so delicious the imam who first ate them, fainted out of pure delight. Plain rice or bulgur works wonderfully alongside. My favourite tells the story of an imam who married the daughter of an olive oil merchant. Who knows…. Turkish Mezes should be served at room temperature unless of course, they are the sıcak mezeler which is Turkish for hot ones. Your email address will not be published. plain thick yoghurt, brought to room temperature, 10 ml / 2 tsp. Keep frying until the tomatoes collapse and the liquid starts to thicken, 5-6 minutes. Lift the eggs out of the water with a slotted spoon and place them over the garlic yoghurt spread. We're on a mission to find the most exciting places, new experiences, emerging trends and sensations. This recipe is for a Turkish meze. Aug 7, 2017 - This Turkish roasted aubergine salad recipe is perfect for the hot summer months. *In fact, while “bayıldı” literally means fainted in Turkish, it’s also a commonly used expression for something extraordinarily delightful. This dish is perfect for buffets or as part of a barbecue spread. It is offered as a welcome to the guests in the homes of Antakya, where my roots are from, and in Gaziantep. Auntie Saniye is sharing the recipe for a beautiful meze today. Not all of them are equally authentic. Oruk, baked icli kofte, a version of kibbeh; bulgur balls with walnut and ground meat filling. This also makes for a delicious imam bayildi, but if you’ve tried the low, slow braise, you’ll soon realise there’s no beating the good old methods. https://www.thespruceeats.com/your-guide-to-turkish-meze-3274212 For a simpler version, you can roast the aubergines. Kisir; Spicy Bulgur Wheat Salad with Pomegranate Molasses. © 2020 Ozlem's Turkish Table. https://ozlemsturkishtable.com/category/appetizers-and-mezes 4 small Middle Eastern cucumbers or 1 … For the aubergine and feta, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. It can be rolled into balls and served nestling in crunchy lettuce leaves. Brush the salt off the aubergines. But don’t skimp on the olive oil! Revani, semolina sponge cake, light and fragrant with lemon juice and lemon zest. A mezze platter is such a delightfully sociable way to eat. Here’s my cookery class details if you’d like to join us. Method. Stir the water to create a whirlpool and crack in the first egg. I hope you enjoy this delicious poached eggs in garlic yoghurt, Turkish Style, called Cilbir. Stir regularly. My best wishes and Afiyet Olsun to you all. Perhaps the most delicious thing you can do to the mighty aubergine. Another suggests it wasn’t the taste that cause the imam to lose his consciousness, but the thought of the cost of the olive oil that had gone into making the dish. Ozlem Turkish Table Apron, TRT Interview and Online Classes, Online Cookery Classes coming up! There are a few things that separates imam bayildi from most other stuffed aubergine dishes. Here are some photos and recipes we made at our class, I hope they inspire you too. If you can small ones, even better. Ezme is a very typical Turkish dish, served in lokantas and restaurants throughout the country. Oruk, or (Sam Orugu as they are also referred) the baked oval bulgur balls with delicious ground meat and walnuts filling, is a very popular dish at my hometown, Antakya (Antioch). Continue to cook for 5 minutes or more to allow the … Alternatively, roast in a preheated oven at 200 C (390 F) until starting to soften, around 20 minutes. Za’atar here is a delicious, aromatic blend of spice mix, including wild oregano, ground cumin, sesame seeds, crushed pistachio, crushed chickpeas and many more, utterly delicious. Required fields are marked *. Coban Salata, Shepherd’s Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, spring onions would also go well with this delicious poached eggs over garlic yoghurt, Cilbir; Afiyet Olsun. In which case it may be worth halving the aubergine rather than stuffing it like a baguette, as the recipe below suggests. Serve immediately with pide bread or crusty bread by the side. Let me show you around! Get 2017 off to a healthy and wholesome start with my  selection of Turkish supper dishes from my homeland at our Turkish cookery class at Divertimenti Cookery School on Sunday, January 29th, 12 pm – 3.30 pm. You can view the class details and book through Divertimenti Cookery School at this link, hope you can join us! Aubergines love olive oil, soaking it up and turning into the most wonderfully luscious and filling aubergine flesh once cooked. Head to a Turkish restaurant, order a meze plate and chances are a generous helping of saksuka will turn up with the other tasty nibbles. Turkish cuisine provides healthy, hearty, delicious food for family and friends. Stir every once in a while to ensure nothing catches at the bottom. Karides Guvec; baked prawn and vegetables casserole with grated cheese, from our Turkish cookery class, Baked vegetables casserole with chickpeas and grated cheese. Second, the relative amounts of onions to tomato. https://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/cuisine/turkish-recipes At Brooklands Radio, with Jill Bennett, talking about healthy Turkish Cuisine. I also like to prepare a simple red pepper flakes infused olive oil sauce and pour this over the poached eggs with garlic yoghurt, just before serving. Semolina sponge cake with syrupy orange slices; Portakalli Revani and New Online Turkish Cooking Class! Here’s how to make Turkish coffee and its rituals, hope you enjoy it. It may look simple, but once you take a bite, it’s easy to understand why the imam may have fainted in delight. This lovely, refreshing salad is very easy and quick to make and makes a wonderful appetizer, meze or a side dish served with grilled meats, poultry and pasta. Heat a thick bottomed frying pan over medium heat. oz. It is a very special mezze that turns up at my mother’s table at every festive event and family gatherings. Watercress can replace the lamb lettuce well. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil and fry the aubergines until they start to soften, turning regularly. You don’t want anything to overpower such a delicate and beautiful dish! As the egg spins and the white sets around the yolk, stir the water ready for the next one. I teach Turkish cooking classes in England,Turkey & USA, hope you can join us!, Poached Eggs with Garlic Yoghurt, Turkish Style - Cilbir. A wholesome, delicious soup you can prepare ahead of time and left overs freeze beautifully too. Oruk, baked icli kofte, a version of kibbeh; these bulgur balls with walnut and ground meat stuffing are a real treat. Bread, ekmek is a major staple in Turkish cuisine and appears generously at breakfast, lunch and dinner and no mezze is complete without flat breads. Nevermind, the only thing that matters is this: Imam bayildi is perhaps the most delicious thing you can make with the mighty aubergine. Home made Turkish round flat bread, Pide Ekmek. Add the remaining olive oil (5 Tbsp/75 ml) to the pan. Pingback: Adventure in Istanbul - Enjoy Turkish Meze - Omnivore's Cookbook | Omnivore's Cookbook . It is best to use long, thin aubergines. I'm Vidar, the author of this blog. Would you like to receive free recipes & stories from my kitchen in Istanbul? Get delicious recipes & fascinating stories from the heart of Istanbul in my fortnightly newsletter. Salt generously and set aside for half an hour. Beautifully flavored with olive oil, lemon juice, spices, pomegranate molasses and nuts, they are not only delicious but very wholesome and easy to make. She went on to make a delicious dish of aubergines stuffed with onions and tomatoes. Let the yoghurt mixture reach the room temperature. In a small bowl, beat the yoghurt with garlic and seasoning. I hope they inspire you to recreate some scrumptious mezzes at home. Oct 7, 2016 - Easy to make and absolutely delicious, Turkish style aubergine in tomato sauce (aka soslu patlıcan or şakşuka) should be in your repertoire! Potato and bulgur rolls, patatesli, bulgurlu kofte, with olive oil and pomegranate sauce. May 26, 2018 - This Turkish roasted aubergine salad recipe is perfect for the hot summer months. Especially good wıth yoghurt and garlic! İmam bayıldı is part of a family of dishes of vegetables braised in copious amounts of olive oil, known in Turkey as zeytinyağlı. This is nothing less than one of the most famous dishes of Turkish cuisines. Scrumptious Turkish mezze feast in Istanbul. Aubergine Mezze Smokey aubergine blended with garlic, paprika and a touch of parsley that works well in any turkish mezze. I do hope these delicious mezzes inspire you to enjoy with family and friends, Afiyet Olsun! Alexandra May 5, 2019 at 12:22 am. A well-known version suggests the imam fainted in delight over the delicious meal his wife had cooked for him. Heat a thick bottomed frying pan over medium heat. It is known across much of the former empirical lands of the Ottomans, notably also in Greece. These gorgeous potato and bulgur rolls, Patatesli, bulgurlu kofte, with spring onions and red pepper flakes were another highlight. Add extra liquid if it's starting to look a little dry. This wonderful, refreshing can be prepared a couple of days in advance and can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. Fill a small pan with hot water, add the vinegar (this will help sealing the egg whites) and bring to a boil. Nothing was left. For a Lebanese or Syrian version, replace the dill with 1-2 tbs powdered dried mint. https://www.olivemagazine.com/.../chargrilled-baby-aubergines-meze Get free recipes & stories from my kitchen in Istanbul. These flat breads take me back to my childhood in Antakya immediately, as my mother and grandma used to prepare the topping for the flat breads and we would take it to our local bakery to bake. We then had a go at the popular Karides Guvec, Prawn casserole with vegetables and grated cheese. Food of course, took the central stage and we gathered with family and friends over Turkish breakfast, sipping our Turkish coffee mid morning with my mother and my sister, and nice long dinners indulging in the delicious Turkish cuisine, especially the mezze feast. Making imam bayıldı takes a while. Oct 12, 2020 - Explore Gulercan's board "TURKISH MEZE" on Pinterest. Serves 2-6, depending what else you offer up alongside. Ezo Gelin Corba, Spicy Bulgur and Lentil Soup. This is a wonderful, refreshing salad from southern Turkey, Antakya, and one of my favorites, featuring Turkey’s beloved eggplant, aubergine or “patlican”. For the past few years, I’ve been exploring the foods of Turkey, the Middle East and beyond from my house in Balat, Istanbul. I’m Vidar. The 12 bottles of beautiful olive oil were all empty. Moist, delicious semolina sponge cake in light syrup, Revani, was our dessert. 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