Eggplant/Aubergine Casserole

Tabsi/Msaqqa’at Betinjan

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Delights from the Garden of Eden

By Nawal Nasrallah

Published 2019

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The traditional tabsi betinjan (eggplant casserole) cooked nowadays is reminiscent of the medieval Buraniyya (see ‘Al-Buraniyya: The Mother of All Musakkas), except that nowadays we use tomato juice for its liquid instead of the medieval mixture of water, vinegar, and saffron.

Etymologically, the name tabsi is derived from the Turkish tabs ‘tray’. Meat and vegetables are layered in a wide baking pan, like