‘This southern Turkish speciality is a feast for all the senses. Smoky aubergine and garlicky yoghurt purée are topped with tender lamb. Enjoy this delicious kebab served with roasted or chargrilled vegetables and plain rice.’
Prepare the eggplants: place directly over an open flame on the burner or in a hot griddle pan set over a medium heat and dry roast or chargrill for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until all sides are cooked evenly and the skin is nicely charred, the flesh soft.
Transfer to a colander to cool then peel and discard the skins, leaving the flesh in the colander to drain its bitter juices. Squeeze the flesh gently to help drain as much water as possible.
Chop the eggplant, mix in the garlic, season with salt and pepper, cover and set aside until required.
Meanwhile prepare the vegetables: spread the onions, tomato and peppers in a large tray, drizzle with olive oil, season well with salt and pepper and roast in a preheated oven 200°C (180°C fan) / Gas 6 for 25-30 minutes. For the lamb stew, heat 1tbsp. olive oil in a wide heavy pan, add the onion and lamb and stir – fry for 5 minutes or until the lamb has browned and the onions softened.
Add the red pepper paste or chilli (optional) and tomato purée with 2tbsp water. Mix well, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the lamb is tender.
Just before serving, heat 1tbsp. olive oil in a pan and gently reheat the eggplant purée. Remove from the heat and stir in the yogurt. Season to taste.
Spread the eggplant and garlic purée onto two shallow plates, top with the tender meat and sauce, scatter with fresh chopped herbs.