Kashke Bademjan ~ Persian Style Roasted Eggplant Dip

January 18, 2011

Author Notes: An eggplant dip inspired by a famous Persian dip called Kashke Bademjan. Don't let the name intimidate you, this dip is really easy to make. Roasted eggplants are mashed up and added to the caremalized onions, which are sauteed with garlic, dried mint, saffron, some lemon juice, turmeric & salt/pepper to taste. Finally garnished with Kashk, chopped walnuts, & caramelized onions. Kashk is a fermented by product from cheese-making, Kashk has a strong flavor, like a liquid fetta cheese and is used extensively in Persian cuisine. I found Kashk at my local Middle Eastern market, it comes in a dried form which I just added some water to make a paste. {Please Note} Sour Cream makes a good substitute for the Kashk. Serve warm with Lavash or Pita Bread.onetribegourmet

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min


  • 1/4 cup or less, extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large eggplants, roasted & mashed
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Kashk
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, soaked in 2 tablespoons of hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 pinches or so salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 handful garnish with chopped walnuts, caramelized onions & fresh chopped mint
In This Recipe


  1. Roast Eggplant coated with olive oil in a 400 degree oven until the skin is charred and the eggplant releases liquid. Take the roasted eggplant out of the oven, cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat a heavy bottom pan and add olive oil to it. Now add the sliced onions and caramelize the onion on a medium heat. Heat should not be very high, otherwise onions will burn instead of caramelizing.
  3. Spoon out the onions onto paper towels leaving the oil behind in the pan.
  4. Now add garlic & mint and saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Now add to the same pan the roasted eggplant mixture{mashed}, caramelized onions {save some for garnish}, saffron liquid, lemon juice, turmeric powder & salt/pepper. Saute for few more minutes.
  6. For the Kashk, add 3 tablspoons water to 1 tablespoon Kashk powder. OR use sour cream diluted with some milk.
  7. Serve the dip on a plate, first spoon the Kashk mixture, then garnish the dip with caramelized onions, toasted chopped walnuts, & chopped fresh mint.
  8. Serve this delicious Persian Dip warm with Lavash or Pita Breads.

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Reviews (15) Questions (1)

15 Reviews

Deborah June 11, 2015
Do you use the skin of the eggplant or not?
tavsanoglu August 3, 2013
Do you eat this chilled or freshly made, warm?
1tsplove August 12, 2013
Cheiranthus July 1, 2013
Do you have an approximate weight for the cooked eggplant? Fresh ones vary so much in size and I often use canned, grilled eggplant for seasonal/time concerns.
dkhoshabo June 27, 2013
Never sautee mint for two minutes. when the garlic is 10 seconds from done add the mint and remove from the heat, or you'll have burnt mint
FoodieFara October 7, 2011
Hello! Great recipe. I don't see how much turmeric is needed.. Thanks!
briggsy February 3, 2011
this looks awesome! i'm making this tonight for a persian dinner tomorrow night. let it marinate a little! also gonna make a salad with sumac and lime dressing and chicken kebabs/Jujeh kabab. i love the tangy lemony goodness of persian food! thanks for posting!
lastnightsdinner January 22, 2011
Wow, this looks amazing!
Author Comment
onetribegourmet January 22, 2011
Thanks so much Jen! :)
AppleAnnie January 19, 2011
Sound wonderful; lemon + eggplant + walnuts + garlic is usually a winning combination.
Author Comment
onetribegourmet January 19, 2011
Thanks Annie! :)
melissav January 19, 2011
Sounds awesome. Could you use yogurt instead of the Kashk or is sour cream really a better option?
Author Comment
onetribegourmet January 19, 2011
Thanks Melissa! I think yogurt will work fine too in this recipe! :)
fortheloveofyum January 19, 2011
I really enjoy kashk-e-bademjan. My BIL took us to a Persian restaurant and theirs was fantastic.

Yours looks really good! Lovely presentation :)
Author Comment
onetribegourmet January 19, 2011
Thank you Nadia! :)