Traditionally, eggplant kebab and most other kebabs would be grilled on a mangal (coal bbq) but I bake it on winter evenings and bbq during the summer. I hope you enjoy this very traditional Turkish kebab recipe.
Recipe for Eggplant Kebab (Aubergine kebab)
Ingredients to make eggplant kebab
|5 Japanese eggplants (long and skinny)||350 gr of lamb mince|
|1 heaped tsp of cumin||1 heaped tsp of paprika|
|1/2 tsp of pimento||1/2 tsp of vegeta (powdered vegetable stock)|
|1 brown onion, grated||1 garlic clove, crushed|
|1 egg||1/4 cup of breadcrumbs|
|2 heaped tsp of red pepper paste||1 heaped tbsp of yoghurt|
|1/4 cup of water||Juice of 1 lemon|
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Preparing the eggplants
- Using a potato peeler, peel the eggplant skins. Be careful not to peel to much of the flesh.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and place the eggplants in the baking tray.
- Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and cover with foil.
- Cook in the oven until soft and tender but they still hold their shape.
- Immediately after they come out of the oven, squeeze the juice of a lemon over them to stop them turning brown.
Making the eggplant kebab
- In a large bowl, add the mince, onion, garlic, spices, egg, yoghurt, breadcrumbs and only 1 heaped tsp of pepper paste.
- Knead the mince until all ingredients are well combined.
- Break it up into 5 even balls.
- Pat the eggplants dry with some paper towel,
- Grab a meat ball and squash it flat in the palm of your hand.
- Place the eggplant in the middle and wrap the mince around it, ensuring the whole eggplant up to the stem is covered with mince.
- Use water to help smooth and even out the kebab mince.
- Repeat the process until each eggplant is covered in mince evenly.
- Wash the previously used oven tray and line with baking paper.
- Lay the mince covered eggplants in the oven tray.
- Place the remaining 1 tbsp of pepper paste and dissolve in 1/2 a glass of cold water by mixing well to remove all lumps.
- Spoon all the pepper paste water over the kebabs and place in the oven until the tops have browned.
- Serve hot with a fresh Turkish salad.
Find more traditional Turkish kebab recipes at Turkish Thyme Cooking.