- 1 big bowl dried eggplants
- ½ tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/3 tablespoon red pepper paste
- 1 grated tomato
- 1 medium sized onion (divided into four)
- ½ cup hot water
- A garlic clove
- A pinch salt
- A pinch powdered red pepper
- A pinch powdered black pepper
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
Dried vegetables are common in Turkey and the most famous one is dried tomatoes. Other vegetables and fruits like zucchini, pepper; apple, quince etc. are also dried and consumed frequently. They can keep their freshness (or dryness) for months or maybe years, so this is a good way to store foods. In villages, people used to hang them by using ropes and make them dry with sunlight for centuries. And honestly it is a perfect way to have naturally dried vegetables and fruits. I also use this method to get dry foods.
A mixing spoon
Place dried eggplants into a pot and add water. Boil until they soften. Then drain their water.
Place olive oil and chopped onion onto a sautepan. Saute and until onions redden. Then add chopped garlic and mix again.
Add tomato paste and red pepper paste onto the mix and saute while stirring.
Sprinkle powdered red pepper and black pepper. Then add grated tomatoes and sprinkle salt. Mix for a while.
Finally add boiled eggplants and mix. Pour ½ cup hot water and boil on low fire.