Aubergine Imam Bayildi


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A Long and Messy Business

A Long and Messy Business

By Rowley Leigh

Published 2018

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I make a very simple, unspiced tomato sauce for this recipe: some cooks prefer to add cumin and coriander. A good deal of olive oil is required for the initial frying of the aubergines: it has been suggested the Imam fainted when he saw the olive oil bill, rather than upon tasting the dish.


  • 6 medium aubergines
  • 100ml (fl oz) olive oil, plus extra for sprinkling


Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F, Gas Mark 4).

Peel alternate strips off the aubergines lengthways. Halve or even quarter the aubergines, depending on size, then make incisions into each piece of aubergine without cutting right through: make one incision per quarter, two or thr