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Imam Bayildi

Imam bayildi is an Ottoman dish of baked stuffed aubergine, and the name (meaning 'the imam fainted') comes from a story that he was so overwhelmed at how delicious the meal was that he swooned after eating it. An alternative version says he fainted when told how much olive oil was in it!

15 mins

1 hr 20 mins

2/5

Also works a treat with: Courgette or marrow

Book: How to be a Mezze Legend (p136)

Goes great with: Herb Pilaf (p156), Tsigareli (p148)

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Imam bayildi is an Ottoman dish of baked stuffed aubergine, and the name (meaning 'the imam fainted') comes from a story that he was so overwhelmed at how delicious the meal was that he swooned after eating it. An alternative version says he fainted when told how much olive oil was in it!

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Recipe

15 mins

1 hr 20 mins

2/5

Serves

Serves 4

Effort

Medium Effort

Main Ingredient

Aubergine

Main Ingredient

Tomatoes/Peppers

Dietary

Vegetarian

Veggie Friendly

Gluten Free

Gluten Free

Taste Profile

Meal Taste

Fragrant

Meal Taste

Rich

Origin

Popular Style

Middle Eastern

Country

Turkey

  • 2 large aubergines
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • A handful of roughly chopped parsley or coriander to serve (optional)
  • 75g Greek yogurt (full fat is best) to serve (optional)
  • 200g tinned tomatoes (½ a standard-size tin)
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • 120ml extra virgin olive oil

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