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Monday, May 25, 2009

Pilaf with Eggplant

(Patlıcanlı Pilav)

Pilaf with Eggplant
1 Japanese eggplant, washed
1 cup water with 1 tbsp salt
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated tomato
3/4 cup long grain rice, washed and drained
1 cup water, hot
1 pinch sugar
Salt
Pepper
1/4 cup dill, washed, drain and chopped

Peel the eggplant skin in strips lengthwise. Cut into bite sizes. Soak in water with a tablespoon of salt for about 20 minutes. Squeeze the eggplants with your hand and dry them with a paper towel.

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

Meanwhile, saute the onion with olive oil in a medium size pot. Add the grated tomato, sugar, salt and pepper. Add rice and saute for about 2-3 minutes while stirring. Pour in the hot water, stir. Turn the heat to very low and cook until the rice absorbs all the water. Let it cool down for 5 minutes. Toss the eggplant and dill, then stir with a fork. Serve Pilaf with Eggplant when it reaches room temperature with any kind of main dish.

*If you like yo can add pinch of cinnamon:)

3-4 servings.

8 Comments:

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It sounds and looks delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

 
At 10:33 PM, Anonymous ambersanne said...

Hi Binnur,
Your recipes are delicious! I was wondering if it's possible to prepare your eggplant dishes without frying them in oil.I'm trying to cut back on fried foods. Can I just add the eggplant to the recipe without frying?

 
At 4:05 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi,
I understand, but you are not going to have this pilaf every day:) The taste wouldn't be the same. But if you like give it a try.

 
At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Sidse said...

Hi Binnur

Thanks for yet another delicious recipe. I prepared it this evening and served it with grilled chicken breast. The only problem was that there wasn't enough ;-) I just have to prepare a double (or maybe triple portion next time)... Turkish men really enjoy good food...

Selamlar,

Sidse

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sidse,
I am so glad that you all like the pilaf:D
Ellerine saglik:)You are very good cook!

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger Rosabela said...

Hi Binnur, me again. :-)

I've been playing catch up with your blog and so far I LOVE all your recipes. Absolutely delicious and yet so simple. I honestly would have never thought of grating a tomato. Always thought it was too messy but will have to definitely try it!

 
At 9:26 AM, Anonymous shayma said...

your blog is gorgeous, i'll be trying this recipe, soon.

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger Rozmin said...

I made this tonight, along with the Rustic Red Lentil Soup (http://www.turkishcookbook.com/2008/01/rustic-red-lentil-soup.php) for dinner. It was so good! We had the soup with lemon and yogurt. My boyfriend and I both loved the soup, but with this dish there were NO leftovers! He loves eggplant and he ate almost all of it. :-)

 

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