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Kashke Bademjan (Eggplant Dip)

Kashke Bademjan (Eggplant Dip)

Kashke bademjan is a Persian eggplant dip that is traditionally made with golden-fried eggplants that are cooked with caramelized onions and garlic. The mixture is then mashed, combined with kashk (thickened whey) and garnished with caramelized onions and sautéed mint and garlic. There are various ways of making kashke bademjan depending on how you cook the eggplants (simmer, fry, grill, bake or roast in the oven). The method used in this recipe uses the least amount of oil for cooking the eggplants. Toasted walnuts add more texture and flavor to this dish, in addition to their health benefits.

Kashke Bademjan

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 55 min
Yields: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 large onion peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped (divided)
6 tablespoons oil (divided)
2 large globe eggplants peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
Pinch of ground saffron (optional)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon turmeric (optional)
1 cup water
1 cup walnuts (optional)
1 cup kashk
1 teaspoon dried mint


INSTRUCTIONS

For garnishes:

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet. Add half of the chopped garlic and cook over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes or until slightly golden. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

Wipe the skillet used for garlic clean and heat another tablespoon of oil. Add dried mint and sauté over medium high-heat for about a minute or until the mint color slightly changes to darker green. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside. 

Mix 1 tablespoon kashk with 1 tablespoon hot water in a small bowl and set aside.

Mint and garlic can burn quickly and turn bitter. Transferring them to a cool dish stops the cooking process by lowering the oil temperature.

In a medium-sized skillet toast walnuts over medium-high heat for about 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant, stirring occasionally. Finely grind walnuts in a food processor using the on-off pulse setting. Stop the machine periodically and scrape down the sides of the bowl for an evenly textured-textured ground. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

The finer the walnut ground, the smoother the finished dip will be. Using walnuts in kashke bademjan not only enhance its flavor and texture, it also reduces the amount of kashk used.

Heat the remaining oil (4 tablespoons) in a deep skillet. Add chopped onions, sauté over medium-high heat for about 5 to 7 minutes or until slightly golden, stirring occasionally. Add the remaining garlic, cook for about 2 minutes or until fragrant, stirring occasionally. Stir in salt, pepper, turmeric and 1 cup hot water. Add chopped eggplants and bring to a boil. Lower heat to low, cover and simmer for about 1 hour. Stir eggplants a few times during the cooking process.

When eggplants are tender add ground walnuts and saffron, cook (uncovered) for about 30 minutes or until all the liquid is gone. The eggplants are done when you see oil coating the bottom of the pan.

Mash eggplants using a potato masher. Stir in kashk. Taste and adjust the seasoning. 

The amount of salt in kashk varies depending on the brand used. It’s best to adjust the seasoning after adding kashk.

Transfer kashke bademjan to a serving platter or a bowl. Garnish with sautéed mint and garlic.


 

Kashke Bademjan
Serves 6
Eggplant dip with whey
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 40 min
Total Time
1 hr 55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 40 min
Total Time
1 hr 55 min
292 calories
16 g
0 g
25 g
5 g
2 g
282 g
204 g
6 g
0 g
22 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
282g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292
Calories from Fat 218
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g
39%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 204mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 16g
5%
Dietary Fiber 8g
31%
Sugars 6g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
12%
Calcium
5%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 large onion peeled and chopped
  2. 6 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped (divided)
  3. 6 tablespoons oil (divided)
  4. 2 large globe eggplants peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  5. Pinch of ground saffron (optional)
  6. ½ teaspoon salt
  7. ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  8. ¼ teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  9. 1 cup water
  10. 1 cup walnuts (optional)
  11. 1 cup kashk
  12. 1 teaspoon dried mint
For garnishes
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet. Add half of the chopped garlic and cook over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes or until slightly golden. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Wipe the skillet clean and heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add dried mint and sauté over medium high-heat for about a minute or until the mint color slightly changes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Mix 1 tablespoon kashk with 1 tablespoon hot water in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Mint and garlic can burn quickly and turn bitter. Transferring them to a cool dish stops the cooking process by lowering the oil temperature.
  5. In a medium-sized skillet toast walnuts over medium-high heat for about 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant, stirring occasionally. Finely grind walnuts in a food processor using the on-off pulse setting. Stop the machine periodically and scrape down the sides of the bowl for an evenly textured-textured ground. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  6. The finer the walnut ground, the smoother the finished dip will be. Using walnuts in kashke bademjan not only enhance its flavor and texture, it also reduces the amount of kashk used.
  7. Heat the remaining oil (4 tablespoons) in a deep skillet. Add chopped onions, sauté over medium-high heat for about 5 to 7 minutes or until slightly golden, stirring occasionally. Add the remaining garlic, cook for about 2 minutes or until fragrant, stirring occasionally. Stir in salt, pepper, turmeric and 1 cup hot water. Add chopped eggplants and bring to a boil. Lower heat to low, cover and simmer for about 1 hour. Stir eggplants a few times during the cooking process.
  8. When eggplants are tender add ground walnuts and saffron, cook (uncovered) for about 30 minutes or until all the liquid is gone. The eggplants are done when you see oil coating the bottom of the pan.
  9. Mash eggplants using a potato masher. Stir in kashk. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  10. The amount of salt in kashk varies depending on the brand used. It's best to adjust the seasoning after adding kashk.
  11. Transfer kashke bademjan to a serving platter or a bowl. Garnish with sautéed mint and garlic.
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calories
292
fat
25g
protein
5g
carbs
16g
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