(about 2 cups)
I had been wanting to try this version of an eggplant dip for quite some time. I frequently make baba ghanoush which is different in that it contains tahini and no mint or caramelized onions. While I was preparing this, I suddenly craved having this aromatic eggplant warm, with a side of rice. Oh my God! This was one of the tastiest dishes I've ever had!
Kashkeh Bademjan contains kashk which I wasn't able to find. After mentioning it to a colleague, she sent me a link to a shop north of Dallas which might carry it. I plan on making a trip there soon. Kashk is a type of thick whey which is similar to sour cream or Greek yogurt.
Adapted from a recipe posted at Shahiya
3 japanese eggplants, about 1 1/2 lbs
2 tbsp olive oil
small handful fresh mint, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp double concentrated tomato paste
1/4 cup water
2 pinches cinnamon
2 pinches dried mint
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp sour cream
1/2 tsp tumeric
salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Wash the eggplants, then prick them all over with a small sharp knife. Lightly coat them with olive oil then lay them on a cookie sheet.
Bake them for 30-40 minutes or until they have softened. Remove from oven and allow to cool. This can be done the day before.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Add the mint and fry for a minute or two until it becomes fragrant. Remove the mint with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the garlic to the skillet and fry for a minute, then add the onions. Lower the heat and slowly saute the onion mixture until nicely browned; this can take up to 20 minutes.
While the onions are cooking, slit open the eggplants. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh. *Chop up the flesh and set aside. *I chopped up mine roughly because at that point I had decided to serve this dish with rice. If you are preparing this as a dip, then chop the eggplant finely.
When the onions are ready, set aside about 1/4 of them for garnish. Add the eggplant to the skillet with the remaining onions and add about 3/4 of the fried mint reserving the rest for garnish. Add the tomato paste, water, cinnamon and dried mint, and stir the mixture while heating it up. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
Stir in the yogurt, sour cream and turmeric. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
Serve warm as a vegetable side, or allow to cool and serve as a dip or spread.