If you haven’t tasted raki yet, you’ve a great emptiness in your life. I strongly recommend you to drink it. There are a lot of appetizers accompanying this unique drink.
Yesterday, my best friend came from Adana and to celebrate this, we prepare a wonderful table on which there are various appetizers. Here I’ll give one of these appetizers, Eggplant/Aubergine with Yogurt made by my best friend. So this is her recipe.
• 2 big eggplants
• 3 cloves garlic, mashed
• ½ cup yogurt (strained)
• 1 tsp salt
• Red pepper flakes and dried mint for garnish
We will grill the eggplants, so stab the eggplants with a fork so that its inside will cook as well as the outer part.
There are a few ways of grilling vegetables.
1)Preheat the oven to 200C and put eggplants in oven. Cook them until they get very soft (at least 20min). (We followed this)
2)You can grill them on a non stick pan. This time, you should occasionally turn them over, shouldn’t leave them.
3)If you have an electric grill, you can do the same on it.
4)The best is to cook them within ember, if you have the chance of course. This is both more delicious and quicker.
After choosing the best way for you, grill the eggplants. Then peel them and mash them. They shouldn’t be too smooth. If you like, do not use a blender, do it with a pounder like tool instead. You can decide its smoothness better.
Then put yogurt in a bowl and mix it with a spoon until smooth. Then add mashed garlic and salt in it. Mix it again. Some people make it without garlic, but if you ask me, it is not the same and not as hearty as the one with garlic. Finally add mashed eggplants and mix fort he last time.
Put this mixture on a plate. Flatten it with the inverse of spoon. Garnish it with some pepper and dried mint.
Enjoy it with a glass of raki.
Note: This can also be a great side dish with any meal. If you don’t have a chance of drinking raki, eat this appetizer at any time with any dish.