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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Fried Eggplant and Green Pepper with Tomato Sauce

(Patlican Biber Kizartmasi)

Fried Eggplant and Green Pepper
2 cups water with 1 tbsp salt
1 large eggplant
1 large cubanelle pepper
1/2 cup sunflower oil

Tomato Sauce:
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
6 heaping tbsp of diced tomato
2 heaping tbsp of crushed tomato

Peel the eggplant in lengthwise strips. Cut into large chunks. Soak in 2 cups of water with salt for about 20 minutes.

Place sunflower oil in a medium sized skillet. Squeeze the eggplants with your hand and dry them with paper towel. When the oil heats up, fry the eggplants on both sides until golden brown. Afterwards, place on a paper towel to soak up any extra oil.

Meanwhile, remove the seeds from the pepper. Cut into large chunks and fry on both sides until golden brown. While you're frying the pepper, cover it with a paper towel since the oil will spit. This won't happen with the eggplant. After the pepper pieces are fried, place on a paper towel and wait until they cool down. Then peel off the thin layer of skin with your hands.

Combine all the tomato sauce ingredients in a small pot. Cook at medium heat for 10 minutes. Make sure it doesn't dry out.

Put the eggplants and peppers on a serving dish. Pour the tomato sauce over it and refrigerate. This recipe is served cold as an appetizer. Try serving this dish with bread.

* This is a vegetarian dish.



At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thx, I'll try that as soon as posible ;)

At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

I went to my friends house and they are Turkish. His babbanne was making like a green pepper thing but i didnt see any sauce. When she was cooking it in the pan, it was making a very loud frying sound like spitting alot. I dont know what it was called but it smelt very nice. Could you please let me know what this could be.

Teşekkürler Sam,

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sam,
She probably fried Cubenelle pepper which is while frying spitting a lot:) You are right is smells good! First discard the seeds, cut in half, fry, then let it cool down, remove the skin.
We mostly have it with tomato or yogurt sauce. but if you like have it plain.

At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

I recently dined in a Turkish Restaurant near my place in Nottingham and ordered Patlican Kizartma...I just loved it!! However, I may be wrong, the dish tastes a bit like anchovies in it. I really want to make this and i need some clarification from you. Is there any such thing as non-vegetarian version of this dish that strikes my tastebuds during the visit to the restaurant!?

At 10:17 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Amrul,
There is more than one way to make a dish with fried eggplant. It may vary from one region to another, like ingredients or cooking style or the name of the dish. What are the other ingredients? I need more information about it:)

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Merhaba, Binnur!

Thanks so much for posting these recipes--I lived in Istanbul for a while and I'm excited to try and recreate some of my favourite dishes here at home. Patlican Soslu was my absolute favourite meze, although I remember it containing chickpeas--is this the same thing? Tesekkur ederim! Chad

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Chad,
Patlican Soslu is a classic Turkish dish without chickpeas. I've already posted one eggplant dish with the chickpeas from Adana region. I think you may like it! Here is the address;

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Ayesha said...

Binnur, like always your dishes were a hit at another dinner here. I'm already thinking of getting more eggplants and cubanelle peppers (after the snow storm ends) and make more for us =)
Ellinize saglik

At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,sorry for the silly question,crushed tomatoes,do you mean salca?thanks.

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Tomato paste is salca, crushed tomato is ezilmis domates veya pure domates:)

At 2:49 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I love this dish when I get it in the restaurant and am super excited to try to make it at home. One question-how many people does this recipe serve?

At 3:15 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Shane,
It is not a main dish, it is an appetizer (side dish). So it depends how much you serve and what else is served with it. But I would say the dish is 2-3 servings:)

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi binnur, could you suggest a way to get really soft aubergine without frying it? Thank you!

At 9:54 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Monia,
First sautee the eggplants with olive oil or butter at medium-high heat while stirring occasionally. Then add the tomatoes and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes at medium-low heat. They should be soft enough.


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