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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Eggplant Moussaka with Chickpeas

(Nohutlu Patlican Musakka - Afyon)

<br />Eggplant Moussaka with Chickpeas
1 medium eggplant
150 gr lean ground beef
1 onion, sliced
1/2 cubanelle pepper, diced
2 tbsp crushed tomato, canned
1/2 cup chickpeas, canned, washed and drained
1/2 cup warm 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 paper towels.

Pour the sunflower oil in a large skillet. Fry both sides of the eggplants until the colour turns light 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, salt and pepper. Then add the cubanelle pepper, crushed tomato and chickpeas and cook for about 2 more minutes.

Lay out the eggplant pieces in ovenproof dish. Put the beef mixture over the eggplants. Pour half a cup of water on top. Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Place the dish on middle rack of the oven and cook for about 30 minutes.

Serve Eggplant Moussaka with Bulgur Pilaf and Cacık on the side.

Ottoman Kitchen

2 servings.



At 3:24 PM, Blogger Aybike Ceylan said...

Harika gorunuyor, ellerinize saglik.

Sevgiler ve selamlar...

At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does turkish moussaka not need white sauce? and cheese? as in greek one? The former is the most popular so im surprised turkish moussaka doesnt use these ingredients.

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

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

Moussaka originates from Turkey and it is a genuine Ottoman cuisine with a wide variety of moussaka choices like Potato Moussaka, Zucchini Moussaka, Cauliflower Moussaka, etc., whereas there is only one Moussaka dish in Greek cuisine and it should be called Eggplant Lasagna because of the similarity of Lasagna which belongs to Italian cuisine:)

Turkish moussaka would be much more popular if more people tried it which is one of the reasons why I strive to make the Turkish cuisine known to others through this site.


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