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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Eggplant Moussaka

(Patlican Musakka - Ottoman Kitchen)

Eggplant Mussaka
1 large eggplant
200g medium ground beef
1 onion, sliced
1 or 2 garlic cloves, sliced
1/4 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cubanelle pepper, diced
2 green onions, chopped
4 tbsp crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sunflower oil

Peel the eggplant skin in strips lengthwise. Cut the eggplant vertically in 3-4 pieces, each about 1 inch thick. Then cut again horizontally, each piece about 2 inches long. Soak in water with a tablespoon of salt for about 30 minutes. Then dry with a paper towel.

Pour the sunflower oil in a large skillet. Fry both sides of the eggplants until the colour turns medium brown. After frying, place the eggplants on a plate with paper towel to soak up extra oil.

Meanwhile, cook the ground beef with the onions, tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper. Then add the red pepper, cubanelle pepper and green onions and cook for about 5-6 more minutes.

Lay out the eggplant pieces in another pan. Put the beef mixture over the eggplants. Pour half a cup of water on top. Cover and cook at medium heat for 15 minutes. Serve Eggplant Moussaka with Pilaf on the side.

*Moussaka basically is the cooking of vegetables chopped into small pieces with small chunks of meat or ground beef and onions.

Moussaka originates from Türkiye and it is a genuine Ottoman cuisine with a wide variety of moussaka choices like Potato Moussaka, Zucchini Moussaka, Cauliflower Moussaka, etc.,

2 servings.



At 3:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

o.k. this is the best meal in the world.... thank you once again.we have never had a bad meal yet

At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fantastic site. Thank you

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is crushed tomato ?

At 10:41 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It comes in a can, the label says "crushed tomato". It's more chunky
and watery than tomato paste.

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your recipes are 100% authentic. I married a Turkish man and have been cooking traditional foods ever since. I've bought cookbooks but this site is the best... The tastes are exactly like my mother-in-laws. Keep them coming, there are a lot of days in a year

At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

really stupid question!!! (i married a turksh man .... never cooked before!!! this is all new to me!!!) ... what is eggplant??? is it aubergine??? thanx

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Victoria,
We call it eggplant here, you call it aubergine over there:)
I am sure your husband will be very happy when you cook Eggplant Moussaka:)
Take care,

At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha ha thanx!!! was getting confused!! (like i said only just started cooking!!) thanx again x x

At 2:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I jst started learn how to cook as well...

At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I am planning to make this for a school cookery project, but I was just wondering how many people does this recipe serve? Thank you very much.

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

This recipe serves for 2. It would be perfect with Pilaf on the side:)

At 12:48 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

This is very delicious! Is there a variation with (say) kasar sprinkled on top before baking in Turkey?

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Jason,
Yes there is. I am going to post it in the future:)

At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

IS there a vegetarian version of Moussaka(im a vegetarian)?
When i visited Istanbul, had the vegetarian one and i loved it.Can you please post a recipe if you have one?

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Suman,
If you check the Vegetables or Olive oil dishes or Appetizers sections you find so many vegetarian dishes made with eggplant:)
There is a google search box on the right site of my blog, just below the google ads. So you can search "eggplant" if "TC" is selected, it will help you to find the recipes you are looking for.

At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds great but can I make this recipe with leftover steak instead of ground beef?


At 11:06 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

We have another dish called Eggplant with Lamb (Etli Patlican), here is the address;
It is also very tasty dish. You will use beef instead of lamb to make this dish:)

At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bI made this recipe yesterday and the response was "This is the best thing you have ever cooked!"

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the vegetarian version posted anywhere on the website? I have searched high and low for a good Turkish vegetarian moussaka and your recipes are fantastic so I'd love to know how you do it.

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) I've already posted the recipe under the "olive Oil Dishes" section.
It is called The Imam Fainted (Eggplant with Veggie Filling)
(Imam Bayildi - Saturday, March 18, 2006). Here is the link;


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