Azerbaijan International

 Autumn 2000 (8.3)

Stuffed Eggplant
Badimjan Dolmasi


When someone mentions the word "dolma", stuffed grape leaves usually come to mind. But there are many other vegetables that Azerbaijanis stuff including eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and quince. On rare occasions, you'll even find stuffed potatoes, onions and cucumbers.

Eggplant dolma is probably the most favorite, especially in the summer, when it is widely available. You'll find dolmas served at nearly every special occasion, often in a colorful trio combination: red tomatoes, green bell peppers and purple eggplant.

What's in the stuffing? Rice and herbs such as coriander, mint and dill are the fundamental ingredients. Often onions and minced meat-lamb, veal or beef-are added to the mixture. The dish is allowed to simmer for several hours in its own juices. Minced garlic and yogurt are served as accompaniments. In Southern Azerbaijan (in Iran), yellow split peas and spices like turmeric and pepper are often part of the mixture.


From Azerbaijan International (8.3) Autumn 2000.
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