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Eggplant Kebab Alinazik

Kebab is not only meant doner kebab or shish kebab. It has many varieties and Alinazik is one of them.

Eggplant Kebab Alinazik is one of the most delicious kebabs in Turkey. The base is grilled and pureed eggplants mixed with yogurt. Top of that is ground meat cooked in tomato sauce. Originally finally chopped cubed meat is used (mostly lamb meat) with sheep tail fat. But if you want to make it easily at home ground meat is a good option too. You can serve as a side dish Turkish Rice Pilaf too.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ingredients For The Eggplant Kebab Alinazik

  • For the eggplant base:
  • 4 preferably thick but soft eggplants
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • about 3/4 cups or more plain thick yogurt
  • salt as seasoning
  • For the meat:
  • 400 gr. ground meat ( If you want you can use finely chopped cubed meat, lamb or beef )
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 green pepper
  • half sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp each tomato and red pepper paste
  • salt, ground red pepper and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp hot water if needed
  • To serve:
  • chopped parsley

Special Utensils: I use a grilling skillet like this to grill the eggplant.

How To Make Eggplant Kebab Alinazik

Preparing Eggplant Base:
  1. For the eggplant base; choose the eggplants that soft and thick, roast them after pricking couple of times with a knife. When they change colors, turn the eggplants and continue to cook until soft.
  2. After roasting the eggplants, let them cool a little bit. But don’t wait too much, sometimes they get dark in color. After a while take the flesh out with help of a knife and a spoon.
  3. If eggplants get juicy, just scoop out some of it to make it thick. And then chop the eggplants finely with a big knife.
  4. After the chopping, add eggplants in the pan that include some olive oil and garlic mixture. And then stir everything about 1 minute, not too much.
  5. And now mix the eggplant base with some plain yogurt. Add yogurt slowly. Because yogurt is cold, base is hot. And our eggplant kebab base is ready.
Cooking Meat Topping:
  1. Cook the ground meat in some butter and olive oil. While meat is cooking, cut the peppers. And add them into the pan.
  2. After sautéing the peppers, add tomato and hot red pepper paste. Cook 3-4 minutes. And then add spices; ground red pepper, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt. To help the mixture soften, add some hot water. And cook for 5 minutes, the meat mixture is done.
Assembling Eggplant Kebab Base and Meat
Assembling Eggplant Kebab Alinazik

You could serve Eggplant Kebab Alinazik directly to the plates. But to show you, I served it to a big plate in the center. First spread the smooth and yummy eggplant base. And for the top, add the meat kebab with its sauce.

Serving Eggplant Kebab Alinazik

Also, you can serve as a side dish Turkish Rice Pilaf and Ezme Salad too. And our Eggplant Kebab Alinazik is ready to enjoy!

The Eggplant Kebab Alinazik

Originally finally chopped cubed meat is used (mostly lamb meat) with sheep tail fat. But if you want to make it easily at home ground meat is a good option too. You can serve as a side dish Turkish Rice Pilaf too.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine turkish cuisine
Servings 6 serving

Ingredients
  

For the eggplant base:

  • 4 preferably thick but soft eggplants
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cups or more plain thick yogurt
  • 3/4 tsp salt

For the meat:

  • 400 gr. ground meat If you want you can use finely chopped cubed meat, lamb or beef
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 green pepper
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp each tomato and red pepper paste
  • salt
  • red pepper and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp hot water if needed

To serve:

  • chopped parsley

Instructions
 

Preparing Eggplant Base:

  • For the eggplant base; choose the eggplants that soft and thick, roast them after pricking couple of times with a knife. When they change colors, turn the eggplants and continue to cook until soft.
  • After roasting the eggplants, let them cool a little bit. But don’t wait too much, sometimes they get dark in color. After a while take the flesh out with help of a knife and a spoon.
  • If eggplants get juicy, just scoop out some of it to make it thick. And then chop the eggplants finely with a big knife.
  • After the chopping, add eggplants in the pan that include some olive oil and garlic mixture. And then stir everything about 1 minute, not too much.
  • And now mix the eggplant base with some plain yogurt. Add yogurt slowly. Because yogurt is cold, base is hot. And our eggplant kebab base is ready.

Cooking Meat Topping:

  • Cook the ground meat in some butter and olive oil. While meat is cooking, cut the peppers. And add them into the pan.
  • After sautéing the peppers, add tomato and hot red pepper paste. Cook 3-4 minutes. And then add spices; ground red pepper, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt. To help the mixture soften, add some hot water. And cook for 5 minutes, the meat mixture is done.

Assembling Eggplant Kebab Base and Meat

  • You could serve Eggplant Kebab Alinazik directly to the plates. But to show you, I served it to a big plate in the center. First spread the smooth and yummy eggplant base. And for the top, add the meat kebab with its sauce.
  • Also, you can serve as a side dish Turkish Rice Pilaf and Ezme Salad too. And our Eggplant Kebab Alinazik is ready to enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    All these recipes look scrumptious. Few of dem my mum makes. I is Armenian/ American, & our fuds r fairly similar. Thx u Abi.