A jewel from Turkey's culinary crown, karinyarik are fried eggplants stuffed with beef mince and Turkish spices, topped with a green chilli for extra kick.
- 2 eggplants
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 green capsicum, thinly sliced
- 200 g minced beef
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 tbsp biber salçasi (Turkish capsicum paste)
- pinch salt and black pepper, to taste
- pinch ground cumin
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- handful parsley leaves, roughly chopped
- olive oil, for deep-frying
- 2 long green chillies
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Standing time: 30 minutes
- Peel the eggplants in wide stripes and soak in salted water for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 170°C.
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add the onion and capsicum and cook until starting to soften. Add the minced beef and cook, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon, until any liquid is absorbed. Add the garlic, biber salçasi, salt, pepper and cumin and stir for a couple of minutes or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes, then stir in the parsley.
- Take the eggplants out of the water and pat dry thoroughly - you can use a skewer to poke some holes in the eggplant to help drain some of the water.
- Heat the oil for deep-frying in a large saucepan, taking care not to over fill the pan with oil. Fry until golden and soft, then drain on paper towel. Stand for a few minutes or until well drained and cool enough to handle.
- Place the eggplant in a baking dish and use a small knife to split them down the middle. Use a spoon to open them widely, then fill the cavities with the stuffing. Place a green chilli on each eggplant and bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm.
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