Hunkar Begendi

Recipe by Sass Smith
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READY IN: 2hrs
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Stew: Fry the onion in the oil till soft. Add meat and brown. Add garlic and cook for a few seconds longer.
  • Add tomatoes, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add water to cover and simmer with the lid on for about 1 or 1 1/2 hours, till meat is very tender.
  • If necessary, add more water or let the sauce reduce a bit to get a good saucy consistency.
  • Eggplant Sauce: Prick eggplants all over and roast in a very hot oven (500 degrees or as hot as your oven goes) for 30 minutes, until eggplants soften and skin chars. Cool and peel carefully.
  • Put lemon juice in a bowl of water and put peelec eggplants in acidified water to keep them white.
  • Melt butter in saucepan, add flour and stiur over very low heat for 2 minutes or until well-blended. Remove from the heat and add milk gradually, beating vigorously. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Cook ove rlow heat for 15 minutes, until sauce thickens.
  • Drain the eggplants in a colander and squeeze out as much water and juice as possible. Chop in the colander and mash with a fork (I think this step is meant to allow additional drainage).
  • Mix with the milk sauce until well blended. Return to the heat, add grated cheese, stir until melted and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Serve the stew with the eggplant cream in a ring around it. Serve with rice.
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