“Gentle Al” Kebabs with Fire-Charred Eggplant and Yogurt


Preparation info
  • Makes 4 Kebabs; Serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Barbecue Bible

By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

  • About

This is one of the most popular kebabs in Turkey—a glory of smoke and fire featuring two of the best ingredients ever to hit a barbecue grill: lamb and eggplant. Legend credits its invention to a kebab maker named Ali Nasik (“Gentle Al”) from the city of Bursa. Gentle Al’s brainstorm was to serve grilled, spiced ground lamb kebabs over a tangy puree made from fire-charred eggplant and yogurt. Today, you find these kebabs all over Turkey. For the sake of convenience, the eggplant puree can b