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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

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 45 minutes
  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
  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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Hi I'm Sara and I love the art of food & travel. I have a blog called One Tribe Gourmet, where I share my passion for global cuisine and my travel adventures around the world. I have always felt that food is the most common denominator that crosses all boundaries and brings people together. The ritual of “Breaking Bread” in every culture is a special bonding experience. Personally I love to experience different cultures through there cuisines! My goal here is to encourage an individual who is interested in learning different global cuisine yet is a bit intimidated by it. I am here to help you, all you have to do is open your heart!!!