Gilani Style stuffed eggplant بادمجان شکم پرگیلانی

Ingredients:

  • 7-8 Eggplant (narrow eggplants)
  • 150-200 gr Walnuts
  • 7-8 tablespoon Pomegranate Paste (the pomegranate paste must be thick, Iranian Brand 1&1 is the best choice)
  • One medium Onion
  • One bulb Garlic
  • 3-4 tablespoon dried mint
  • Salt, Pepper, Turmeric and Saffron
  • some cooking oil

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Grind the onion and the cloves of garlic in the blender, or grate them or cut the onion into small dice,

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Place them into the pan, add some oil, stir fry over medium heat until soft and golden,

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add the chopped walnuts, Turmeric, salt, pepper and Saffron,

Continue stirfrying for 5 minute over low-medium heat,

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Place them into a bowl, add dried mint,

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add the pomegranate paste, 

 the pomegranate paste must be thick, Iranian Brand 1&1 is the best choice,

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Combine all ingredients well,

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You can either bake the eggplants in the oven before stuffing them or just prepare the dish the traditional way by frying the eggplants,

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wash and peel (or not peel) the eggplants,

Then, make slits (with a knife), lengthwise along the entire eggplant,

((if the eggplants are big, Slice them in half lengthwise))

fry the eggplants until golden,

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((you may cover the frying pan then you make sure that inside of each eggplant will be cooked))

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Set aside to cool,

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Once the eggplants are cool enough to handle,

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Sprinkle a small pinch of salt into the eggplant and Generously spoon the mixture into the open eggplant,

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place them back into the smaller frying pan,

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Cover and let simmer for 45-60 minutes on very low heat.

(no need to add oil or water)

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