Aubergine and sweet pepper salad

Aubergine and sweet pepper salad

Patlıcan salatası

By
From
Istanbul
Serves
4
Photographer
Steven Joyce

Here, the aubergines are simmered with tomatoes then mixed with roasted red pepper to created a cooked vegetable dish that is always referred to as a salad.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2-3 aubergines, about 600g total weight
lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 red pepper
75ml olive oil
1 tablespoon turkish tomato paste or concentrated tomato puree
3 juicy tomatoes, cored, deseeded and sliced into small chunks
1 garlic clove, very finely sliced

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Chop the aubergines into 2 cm cubes. Squeeze over a little lemon juice and toss them in the salt. Place in a colander over a sink or bowl for 10 minutes to drain.
  2. Cut the pepper in half and discard the seeds and any membrane from the inside. Roast in the oven, cut sides down, on a baking tray for 25 minutes. When ready they will be lightly brown and beginning to collapse. Place in a plastic bag or plastic box with lid and allow to cool. This will make it easier to peel off the skin. Remove skin and discard, then slice the flesh into strips.
  3. Meanwhile, put 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large heavy-based pan over a low heat. Add the aubergines and cook very slowly, until thoroughly soft and tender, and lightly browned. This may take 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring and turning as necessary.
  4. Add the tomato paste to the aubergines and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the fresh tomatoes and roasted pepper slices plus a further 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Cook for 2–3 minutes over a low heat, until the tomatoes are just starting to fall apart but still retaining their shape. Remove from the heat and stir in the garlic slivers. Serve when just warm or cold.
Tags:
Istanbul
Turkey
Turkish
Rebecca
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