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Did I hallucinate this eggplant recipe?

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Did I hallucinate this eggplant recipe?

tardigrade | Aug 1, 2014 03:12 PM

Back in the late 1970s I used to make a stuffed eggplant dish called Iman Biyaldi (the spelling varies). The cookbook I originally got it from called for making a stuffing of onions, tomatoes and various spices, then making vertical slits in the eggplant and cramming the stuffing in (which is harder and messier than it sounds). It made a very good cold salad after baking, since when it was sliced the eggplant pieces with the filling made nice rounds on the plate. I still have most of my cookbooks from that time, and while some of them have the recipe not a one calls for the stuffing-filled slits: they all have the eggplant cut in half, partially hollowed, then stuffed.

Has anyone else heard of making slits in a vegetable to stuff it?

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