Imam Bayildi

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Angela Sara

A famous Turkish dish, its name means literally 'the Immam fainted' - some say at the deliciousness of the dish, others claim the poor priest was horrified at the amount of oil the dish used! I prefer the first theory!

Top Review by Sackville

Incredibly yummy and very colourful on my plate! The cinnamon really adds a unique taste to this dish and I liked the fact that you could eat the shells as well as the filling. The only thing I would say, is that the filling suggested here seemed just enough for our two eggplants. If I were making it for four people, I might add an extra pepper and a couple tomatoes (or choose smaller eggplants). We had this with a salad but I think rice would be good as well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5.
  2. Slice each aubergine in half lengthwise.
  3. Scoop out the flesh from the aubergines and chop.
  4. Blanch the aubergine shells in boiling water for 2 minutes then drain upside down.
  5. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a pan and saute the onion until soft and golden.
  6. Add crushed garlic and fry for 2 minutes.
  7. Add parsley, chopped aubergine, tomatoes, green and red pepper, cinnamon, salt and black pepper and cook for about 5 minutes.
  8. Add lemon juice and sugar to taste.
  9. Arrange the aubergine boats in a baking dish and fill each one with the filling.
  10. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  11. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.

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