Fried Eggplant with Garlic Yogurt or Yoğurtlu Patlıcan Kızartması

According to Wikipedia, past accounts tell us that eggplant is said to have over 1000 different preparations.  Before I moved to Turkey at the age of 22, I can honestly say that would have seemed like a high number to me.  I had never eaten, let alone thought about cooking an eggplant up until that point.  Okay, maybe I do have one disastrous memory of trying to impress my husband by making Imam Bayildi.  I have eaten and cooked my fair share of eggplant or patlıcan since then.  So, I would like to share with you the Fried Eggplant with Garlic Yogurt.

Fried Eggplant with Garlic Yogurt or Yo�urtlu Patlıcan Kızartması


Cooking Directions

  1. Peel the eggplant by leaving alternating spaces of 1 inch of peel then skipping 1 inch, leaving a striped effect.
  2. Cut in 1/2 inch circles and place in a colander lined with a clean kitchen towel.
  3. Sprinkle the eggplant with salt and leave to drain for about 20-30 minutes. Pat the slices dry by gently squeezing the excess liquid from them.
  4. Heat the olive oil to sizzling and add the eggplant in batches. Do not crowd the pan. Cook on each side 4 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Drain on paper towel and serve with garlic yogurt. Afiyet olsun!

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