Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

A Turkish variation on a much-loved Middle Eastern dish said to have been invented by the ladies of the Sultan's harem - to win his favours!From one of my favourite cookbooks The Complete Meze Table.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grill the aubergines- under a medium heat first, then a high heat after about 7 mins, until well blackened and soft, about 20-25 mins.
  2. Remove the skin while holding under a cold tap, then gently squeeze to get rid of the juices.
  3. Blend the flesh in a processor.
  4. Add garlic and about 75mls tahina blend again.
  5. Add lemon juice, paprika and salt to taste, then whizz until very smooth.
  6. Now taste to see if you want to add any extra of the ingredients.
  7. Pour into a dish and drizzle the olive oil on the top and the chopped mint.
  8. Serve with pitta bread or sesame bread.
Most Helpful

I made this last night and it was great! I will note that it filled a 9" deep dish pie pan to the top, so if you are thinking about it as a dip, you should know that it makes a lot.

Mysterygirl April 08, 2002

I agree with the last comment. Cut the recipe by two-thirds and one still has enough for a dinner party of six or so people. Make no mistake, though, it is quite good.

msperrone July 17, 2002