Cook time: 20-30 minutes

Level: Easy

Serve: 3

Stuffed eggplant ( Īmam bayildi) is simple to prepare and it is perfect for a side to grilled meat or a vegetarian main dish. Īmam bayildi-(The Clerk fainted) is the most famous of Turkish olive oil food.

There are some funny story to explain why the name is coming from. Commonly knowing one is that Īmam (Clerk) found the taste so overwhelmingly perfect tasty and he fainted from delight, after a bite the stuffed eggplant. An other story says that he learnt the amount of olive oil that put into the dish and how much expensive olive oil was used, he was worried about his money spent and he just fainted.


3 medium size aubergines (eggplants), peeled in stripes and slid an opening in the middle of eggplant, it looks like a canoe. Put into salted water and dry well with towels.

1 large onion, chopped

4 medium size fresh green pepper, chopped

3 medium tomato, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

Handful of fresh parsley, chopped

8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon  good quality tomato paste

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice.
A pinc of sugar.
1 cup hot water mixed with 1 teaspoon tomato paste.

Ground black pepper, sea salt, red pepper flakes to taste.


1- Heat 3 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over the medium heat and add the onions and add the garlic, chopped fresh green pepper then fry them, stirring frequently until yellowish so the garlic doesn’t burn.

2- Add the tomato paste and chopped tomato, a pinch if sugar, 1tbsp fresh lemon juice and add the seasoning, cook it and add chopped parsley. Set aside it.

3- Heat 5 tablespoon olive oil in a pan, over a high heat, fry the eggplants on each side until they are golden brown. Remove it from the pan to drain on some paper towels. Set the eggplants in a pan to cool.

4- Equally divide the cooked filling among the eggplants, stuff them well. Pour the mixed hot water into the pan and cook it over the medium heat about 20-30 minutes or until the eggplants are cooked thoroughly.(Second option for cooking; you can bake stuffed eggplant,40 minutes to 230 C.degrees.) Serve it warm or cold.

Enjoy it!

Chop , tomato, fresh sweet green pepper, onion, parsley, garlic.


Fry the onion, fresh pepper, garlic and tomato.


Add the tomato paste,chopped parsley, a pinch of sugar, lemon juice.


Pour the mixed hot water into the pan and cook.




7 Comments Add yours

  1. andy1076 says:

    Look absolutely delish 🙂

  2. lifestyletalks.wordpress.com says:

    I don’t eat meat! So this is the perfect dish for me!

  3. Great name. Great stories. Great dish. Thanks for sharing.

  4. ilia43 says:

    Ha-ha! We have the same dish. Story is the imam fainted because the dish was so delicious (it is!). No story about worrying about the quantity of the oil used though – there is no such thing as “too much oil” for Greeks 😉

  5. yes please! The Hungry Dad makes a version of this and it is amazing.

  6. Katie says:

    This looks delicious, thanks for the recipe!!! I love the theme of your Blog 🙂
    Love Katie

  7. Beautiful, and I know without a doubt, delicious!! It’s also going to the top of my list for Best Names Of Food Dishes. “The Clerk Fainted”– ha! Loved both stories that might explain it. Thanks for sharing! : )

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