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Roasted Eggplant with Garlic Yogurt and Za'atar
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Roasted Eggplant with Garlic Yogurt and Za'atar

This Turkish eggplant yogurt recipe is made by roasting eggplants in the oven and mixing them with a quick and easy to make garlic yogurt recipe. It can be served as a salad (or "meze", as we call it) or as a dip with crackers or pita chips/bread on the side.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Turkish
Keyword Eggplant Yogurt recipe, Turkish Eggplant Yogurt
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 190kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 medium size eggplants
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 3-4 cloves garlic pressed through a garlic press
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more to drizzle at the end
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon za’atar
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley chopped
  • Pita bread

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Use a fork to poke holes on eggplants. 6-7 holes on each eggplant should be fine. Place them on sheet pan and roast for 40-45 minutes, turning them after the first 20 minutes to ensure even roasting. Take them out of the oven and set aside to cool.
  • In the mean time, place yogurt, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined. Cover it with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
  • When eggplants are cool enough to handle, cut them diagonally. Using a dinner spoon, scoop the flesh out (if it is still too hot you can do this under cold running water) and place it in a large bowl.
  • Mix it with the garlic- yogurt mixture. Taste for seasoning and add more, if necessary.
  • Place it in a serving bowl. Sprinkle it with za’atar and chopped parsley.
  • If preferred, lightly drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Serve with pita bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 1185mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 482IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 1mg