Delicious & Crispy Italian Eggplant Balls

Aubergines/ eggplants or as we call in Farsi Bademjan بادمجان is a key ingredient in Iranian diet. Eggplants are good source of vitamins and minerals. We love eggplants and make lots of dishes including meat less or with chicken, beef, lamb meat, we serve eggplant dishes with naan bread or with rice. So as an Iranian love any dish with eggplants.

Greek and Italian eggplant meatballs are tasty. That’s why when I made this crispy and delicious Italian eggplant balls for dinner, everyone love it.

I have added a taste of Persia to the Italian eggplant balls with making yogurt sauce. I will tell you how to prepare it In less than a 1 minute .

Delicious & Crispy Italian Eggplant Balls

Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 3
Author: Rozina Dinaa
Cost: £2

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant, peeled off and cubed
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • Handful fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • Handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt- Pepper to taste

Ingredients for yogurt sauce

  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp Olive oil

Peel off eggplant. Cut it into small cubes. Heat the oil in a pan. Add diced onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Now add grated garlic and aubergine cubes. Add dried oregano, salt and chilli flakes too. Fry until soften and Stirring frequently. Once eggplants are done, transfer eggplant mixture and let extra oil of eggplants get out. Allow to cool down properly.

No add chopped herbs, grated cheese, bread crumbs and eggs. Use your hand and give a good stir to all ingredients. Mix well.

Chopped mint and parsley give amazing taste and fragrant to this dish. Shape small or medium size balls from eggplant mixture. Roll in the bread crumbs.

Add enough oil to a pot and heat the oil. Now drop eggplant balls into the hot oil. Allow to fry and remove eggplant balls from the pot with a slotted spoon when they are fried and browned on all sides. Place them on paper towels to get ride of oil.

Mix plain yogurt with grated garlic. Season with salt. Add some olive oil and serve eggplant balls with yogurt sauce and your favourite salad. You can serve it with spaghetti, or with pitta bread or just as they are. All are equally delicious.

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Author: rozinaspersiankitchen

Hello everyone, my name is Rozina. I am Iranian with Azerbaijani roots. I was raised in Iran but I am living in Scotland. I am passionate about cooking and preparing meals for my family and friends. I tell them the story behind the meal, the pronunciation of their Iranian name and the spices that used in Persian cuisine. I am an archaeologist, photographer, a cooking teacher, and very interested to introduce Persian and Azerbaijani meals, desserts and beverages to people from different cultures, as I love to try food from all over the world. Iranian cuisine is a combination of rice with meat ( chicken, beef, lamb, fish, turkey), nuts, fruits, dried and fresh herbs and vegetables. Iranian food is a celebration of flavor, colour and spices such as: saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, dried rose petals, dried limes, cumin, .... I share my recipes in Farsi/English along with step by step photos of preparation. I take all my own pictures. I have learned my traditional Persian and Azerbaijani recipes from my lovely mother, and she has learned from her mother. Over the years, I have experimented and learned more recipes. Some of my recipes are a fusion Western and Middle Eastern cuisine. Some are forgotten from Persian cooking tables and I try with posting and sharing those ones, to preserve them. All my recipes and pictures are property of rozinaspersiankitchen. I would be pleased if you would mention my site if you wish to use any of them. So, if you are interested to know about Persian /Azerbaijani food taste, you can try my website. I will be glad to hear your ideas about my recipes. :) Thank you for visiting my website.

7 thoughts

    1. Thanks for your comment Deeksha, yes it was very delicious and full of flavour. I am glad you would give it a try. 🙂

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