You may expect a regular Turkish Kebab recipe when you see the name of the dish but this is a very different kind of kebab. Yes we have so many variations of kebab : ) Islim kebab is a meatball wrapped in eggplant (aubergine). It’s a very light but rich in taste dish and also it’s very easy to make it. Just try islim kebab, and you will love love love!
Try this delicious traditional turkish food recipe islim kebab
- 4 tall eggplant (aubergine)
- 400 gr. 14 oz. ground beef
- 1 onion grated
- 3-4 slices bread crumbs
- 1 tsp. garlic powder or 2 cloves grated garlic
- 1 egg
- Vegetable oil
- 2 green chili pepper diced
- Cherry tomatoes
- Black Pepper
- Red pepper flakes
- Ground cumin
- 2 tbsp. parsley
- 1 full tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cup hot water
Peel your 4 eggplants as striped. Slice them as thin lengthwise pieces. Put your sliced eggplants in salty water and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes.
Start doing your meatballs while waiting.
Take your 400 gr. (14 oz.) ground beef in a medium bowl. Add 1 grated onion, 1 tsp. garlic powder or 2 cloves grated garlic, 3-4 slices bread crumbs, 1 egg, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, ground cumin, allspice, 2 tbsp. parsley and knead your meatballs for about 5-8 minutes. Make walnut size of balls from your meatball.
Heat your vegetable oil in a pan. Strain and dry your eggplants. Fry your eggplants until tender. Put fried eggplants on a paper towel to take oil excess.
Fry your meatball in the same oil until cooked.
Heat your oven to 185°C (365°F)
Take to slices of your eggplants and make a cross shape. Put one of your meatballs in the middle of the cross. Fold the sides to the top. Put a slice of green chili pepper, one cherry tomato and insert a toothpick to bond your kebab. (as you can see in below video)
Align all your islim kebab in a glass bakeware dish. Dissolve your 1 full tbsp. tomato paste in 1 1/2 cup of hot water and pour around all your islim kebabs.
Put your islim kebab in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes (until the tomatoes fries.)
You can serve your islim kebab with pilaf.