How to make Karniyarik

Today’s dish is Karniyarik which means “split belly” in Turkish and as you may guess, these fried eggplants are cut and stuffed with a ragout like, rich ground beef mixture with spicy, aromatic onions, chilies and tomatoes. Finished in the oven with a tomato chili sauce, this dish is one of the favorites of many Turkish people and is usually served with (pilav) Turkish rice and cacik (yogurt with garlic, herbs and cucumber).


• 3 – 4 eggplants (medium to small size), approx. 1 kg
• 1 onion
• 300 g ground beef
• 4-5 green chili
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 2 tomatoes
• ½ cup parsley chopped
• 4 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tbsp chili paste
• 1 tbsp tomato paste
• 1 tsp chili flakes
• 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper to season

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.