İmam Bayildi: A Spicy Delight - Turkish Recipes

İmam Bayildi: A Spicy Delight – Turkish Recipes

Iman Bayildi is one of the most iconic Turkish recipes. It is made from eggplant and contains flavors of vegetables and olive oil. If you want to make this spicy delight at home, follow the list of ingredients and instructions in this post. Read on!


  • Two medium eggplants
  • One large onion
  • Six cloves of garlic
  • One pound of tomatoes
  • ¼ cup of fresh parsley
  • Two tablespoons of fresh dill
  • Two tablespoons of fresh basil
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of water
  • Two teaspoons of sugar
  • Two tablespoons of lemon juice – this is optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Use a foil or brush to line the olive oil on the baking sheet
  3. Slit the eggplants and place them on the baking sheet
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes and remove from oven
  5. Transfer them to the colander in the sink and drain for 30 minutes
  6. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet with a lid
  7. Add onions and cook for 5-10 minutes
  8. Now add garlic and stir for 30 seconds
  9. Remove from the heat and put in the bowl
  10. Add herbs, tomatoes, and salt to taste
  11. Next, add sugar and the remaining oil
  12. Turn the eggplants and place them in the pan
  13. Season with salt and add tomato and onion mixture
  14. Mix these ingredients with the remaining olive oil
  15. Cover the pan and bring to a boil, and simmer for 1.5 hours
  16. Once cooked, remove from the pan and allow to cool
  17. Serve at room temperature and enjoy

Note: We recommend toasting the eggplants in advance or a few hours before cooking the dish.