Sunday, August 22, 2010

Eggplant Mousaka (Patlican Musakka)

½ lb ground beef
1 lb eggplant
3 medium potatoes
2 tomatoes, diced
1 big onion, chopped
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 green peppers, chopped
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
½ cup hot water
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp cumin
1 tsp salt to taste
1 cup canola oil for frying

Peel eggplants and slice in ½ inch wheels. Leave them in salty water for about 15-20 minutes. Peel potatoes and slice them in 1/3 inch thick wheels as well.
Take canola oil in a frying pan and fry both sides of potatoes lightly. Place them over a Pyrex or oven tray. Sprinkle with salt. Dry eggplants with paper towel and fry them as well. Place fried eggplants over potatoes and sprinkle with salt.
Take 2 Tbsp of canola oil and ground beef in another pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Stir in onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add tomato paste and tomatoes. Cook for about 5 minutes over low-medium heat. Add pepper, garlic, salt and spices. Cook for 1-2 minutes and add hot water.
Transfer this mixture all over the Pyrex/oven tray evenly. Make sure the eggplants and potatoes are covered with the mixture. Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C) and bake for about 35-45 minutes.
Serve hot/warm.

I definitely encourage anyone who is taking  holidays to Turkey to try this meal in Turkey. It's one of my favorites and the taste is fantastic with the scorching heat.

250 gr kiyma
½ kg patlican
3 orta boy patates
2 domates, kup seklinde dogranmis
1 buyuk boy sogan, dogranmis
2 yemek kasigi kanola yagi
2 yesil biber, dogranmis
1 yemek kasigi salca
2-3 dis sarimsak, dogranmis
½ su bardagi sicak su
1 tatli kasigi tuz
½ cay kasigi karabiber
½ cay kasigi kimyon
1 su bardagi kanola yagi (kizartmak icin)

Patlicanlari soyun ve bir parmak kalinliginda halkalar seklinde dilimleyin. Tuzlu suda yaklasik 15-20 dakika bekletin. Patatesleri soyun ve onlari da 1cm kalinliginda enine halka seklinde dilimleyin.
Kizartma tavasina kanola yagini alin ve patatesleri her iki tarafi da hafifce kizaracak sekilde kizartin. Genis bir borcam ya da firin tepsisinin dibine dizin ve uzerine tuz serpin. Patlicanlari kagit havlu ile kurulayin ve onlari da ayni sekilde kizartin. Patateslerin uzerine dizin ve tuzlayin.
Baska bir tavaya kiymayi ve 2 yemek kasigi kanola yagini alin. Orta ateste 2-3 dakika kavurun. Sogani ilave edin ve yine 3 dakika kadar kavurun. Salca ve domatesi ilave edin. Yaklasik 5 dakika kadar pisirin. Biber, sarimsak, tuz ve baharatalari ilave edin. Bir iki dakika cevirin. Son olarak, sicak suyu ilave edin.
Bu karisimi tepsinin uzerinde gezdirerek esit olarak yayin. Onceden isitilmis 200 C (400 F) firinda yaklasik 35-45 dakika kadar pisirin.
Sicak servis yapin.


Erica (Irene) said...

I love husband is from Izmir and he eats the whole dish when I make it..... it is is favourite. thanks for sharing your recipe. Your pictures look great.

Anonymous said...

I just made this dish. It is delicious! I added a bunch of chopped parsley and a bit of chopped garlic on top of the eggplants. Congratulations and thanks for the tasty recipes!

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