Imam Bayildi

Imam Delight

Preparation info

  • To Serve

    4

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

Nevin Halici's Turkish Cookbook

By Nevin Halici

Published 1989

  • About

The name of this dish of stuffed aubergines in olive oil – Imam Bayıldı – has been mistranslated in a number of books as “The Imam Fainted”, but no Turk would faint at a dish made from two of our basic ingredients.

There are many stories told about Imam Bayıldı, and this one comes from an elderly lady in Konya and has to do with the Turkish woman’s characteristic keenness to be a good hostess.

In the old days in Anatolia it was customary for the local imam to be invited for