Market day in any area of Turkey always means stalls piled high with fruits and vegetables. ‘
Patlıcan‘ in Turkish; the aubergine or eggplant is one such vegetable. And Turkish aubergine recipes are hugely popular.
Here we are bringing you some of the best Turkish aubergine recipes that we love to cook.
The temptation of aubergines on the market
There’s something for everyone.
Aubergine recipes for meat lovers,
vegetarians and vegans. Comforting aubergine recipes for colder weather and lighter dishes for the hot summer months.
'Kızartma' means 'fried.' You can use different vegetables for this dish but the aubergine is a staple ingredient.
This easy aubergine recipe also contains green peppers and a tomato sauce.
Once more, this is a recipe that can be enjoyed by your vegan friends and family.
For pure aubergine appreciation, we do love karnıyarık.
However, for that subtle smoky aubergine flavour, the famous Ali Nazik is another of our favourite Turkish aubergine recipes.
Mixed with yoghurt and used as a bed for either minced or cubed meat, this is a hearty dish that can be enjoyed year round.
It's a perfect combination of flavours.
Arguably the most famous of Turkish aubergine recipes, Imam Bayıldı is a tasty stuffed aubergine dish that can also be enjoyed by vegans.
This is one of the aubergine recipes that we love to make in the warmer months. It is best enjoyed at room temperature.
Serve with a
tomato bulgur pilaf side and/or a bowl of natural yoghurt.
Imam Bayılıdı is also suitable for vegans (without the yoghurt serving, of course).
Another classic amongst the list of Turkish aubergine recipes, karnıyarık is again a stuffed eggplant dish.
This time, however, we're using minced lamb or beef for the filling with the result being a much more a hearty meal.
Karnıyarık is very popular in Turkey. It iis oft to be seen on display in the bain marie of lokantas around the country.
For us, this is one of our favourite Turkish aubergine recipes and is made more filling with the addition of a side serving of
Is there anything better than the smoky aroma of roasted aubergines?
Fill your kitchen with this smoky aroma when you make this aubergine recipe; baba ganoush with yoghurt.
Just one of long list of yoghurt-based Turkish meze dishes that will be a very welcome addition to any dinner table.
Not to be confused with the Middle Eastern şakşuka dish, this is another of our favourite Turkish aubergine recipes.
The addition of potatoes makes our şakşuka a more substantial side dish that goes well with şiş kebabs. Or grills such as
Again, şakşuka is a worthy addition to your meze table that can also be enjoyed by your vegan dinner guests.
As if the aromas of roasted aubergine weren't enough, this easy aubergine salad recipe (patlıcan salatası) also allows us to indulge in the aromas of sweet roasted red pepper.
This is one of the Turkish aubergine recipes that we love to eat in the hot summer months.
If you have vegan friends and family who also enjoy aubergine recipes, they'll love you for this one.
'Ekşili' (meaning 'with sour' flavour) dishes are popular in Turkey.
This simple Turkish aubergine recipe, ekşili patlıcan, makes for a light aubergine stew, perfect on a hot summer's day.
Eat on its own or with rice. (Suitable for vegans).
Pure indulgence! Hünkar Beğendi is a Turkish aubergine recipe that originated in the Ottoman kitchens.
A rich aubergine béchamel sauce serves as a bed for comforting lamb stew. It's a dream combination.
'Hünkar beğendi' means 'the Sultan enjoyed it.' If this aubergine recipe was good enough for the Sultan, it's good enough for us.
Another of the popular Turkish aubergine recipes that regularly appears in the bain marie of lokantas, Turkish musakka is a delicious mix of minced lamb or beef with slices of aubergine.
A different dish to Greek moussaka, this is a quick and easy aubergine recipe that makes for a great weeknight dish.
The Turkish version of this aubergine recipe is called patlıcanlı nohut yemeği - chickpea stew with aubergines.
The addition of spices and crispy garnish give this stew a more Mediterranean flavour.
Suitable for your vegan friends and family.
Who doesn't love this traditional way of Turkish cooking?
In this vegetable güveç recipe, the aubergine is the star of the show.
We love to make it in springtime when the new baby aubergines appear on the local markets. They're firm and meaty and add great flavour to this vegetarian dish.
Living in Turkey means we are constantly learning about new aubergine dishes to try. And new eggplant recipes to make.
There are lots of other classic Turkish aubergine recipes out there that we are yet to make.
As soon as we do, we’ll be sure to add them to this list. And also to our
collection of Turkish recipes.