Stuffed Baby Eggplants

Sheikh el Mahshi


Preparation info

  • Serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

The Gaza Kitchen

By Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

Published 2021

  • About

Its name meaning the “sovereign of stuffed things,” this classic dish is ideally made with eggplants that are very small, taut, and shiny. Larger eggplants will work, but the result is less delicate.

Though it was historically frowned upon for its strong flavor, an eggplant properly prepared is indeed the queen of vegetables, inspiring the tenth-century Syrian poet Kushajim to write, memorably, “My doctor makes ignorant fun of me for loving eggplant, but I will not give it up. Its f