İmam bayıldı: Stuffed Eggplant cooked in Oil
"The Imam Fainted" or İmam bayıldı is one of the more famous dishes of classic Turkish cuisine. The ingredients are olive oil, small eggplants, onions, garlic, parsley, tomatoes, and more olive oil. I tried a recipe today from one of my Turkish cookbooks, to go with Turkish pide, a type of flat bread, that Len made. First, some photos of how I cooked the eggplant:
|After trimming the eggplants, you brown them in olive oil.|
|The filling cooks while the eggplants cool.|
|After baking: more parsley is added to the dish.|
|The Turkish cookbook we used today.|
Making Turkish Pide
|A really delicious bread!|
|Our dinner: eggplant, flatbread, and a garnish of tomatoes, basil, and cheese.|
Oh, and what about the Imam? Why did he faint? Some stories say the dish was so delicious it made him faint. Some say he was shocked because his olive oil supply was depleted by the lavish amounts used in the recipe. It's all a myth. We may have tried this dish on one of our two visits to Istanbul, but I'm not sure. We certainly ate a number of stuffed vegetables, which are all characteristic of Turkish cooking.
Blog post and photos © 2020 mae sander.