Middle Eastern Eggplant Beef Recipe

We brought the perfect consistency eggplant beef recipe. Keep reading and learn all the steps with all the details.

What is Middle Eastern Eggplant Beef?

We crush the eggplants that have been roasted and become as soft as possible, then mix them with butter and milk and obtain the creamiest eggplant puree.

After combining this beauty with beef cubes and lots of sauce, we get an incredible taste that everyone will admire.

That’s how “Hunkar Begendi with the original name” comes out. It has never lost its popularity in the Middle East for centuries. 

It is low in sodium and high in calories. Although it is generally known as an appetizer, sometimes it becomes a main dish. It is also quite filling because there is a lot of beef and eggplant.

You can try it as an appetizer or a main meal or prepare it as a dipping sauce with a tortilla. In the rest of the article, we will explain how it can be combined with every side dish.

Eggplant Beef Recipe

Middle Eastern Eggplant Beef Recipe

Yield: 4

Eggplant Beef Recipe

Eggplant Beef Recipe

These measurements and steps will give you the perfect consistency. Let us offer a recipe that even those who are not like eggplant will fall in love with, then thank us later.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


Beef Ingredients

  • Beef (1 pound / 500g, cubed)
  • Tomato paste (1 tbsp)
  • Tomato puree (6 1/2 fl oz)
  • Onion (1 large)
  • Garlic (3 cloves)
  • Olive oil (4 tbsp)
  • Butter (2 tbsp)
  • Hot water (6 1/2 fl oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Eggplant Puree Ingredients

  • Eggplant (35 ounces/1 kg)
  • Milk (10 fl oz)
  • All-purpose flour (2 tbsp)
  • Butter (2 tbsp)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat a medium, deep saucepan. Add 4 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of butter, then allow the butter to melt.
  2. Add the chopped beef to the pan and fry it. Continue frying over medium heat until all the water has evaporated.
  3. Finely chop the onions, grate the garlic, and add them to the meat. Continue frying until there is no moisture left in the pan.
  4. Add the garlic and fry for a little longer. Then, incorporate the tomato puree and fry for a few more minutes.
  5. Pour hot water, cover the pot with a lid, and reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Cook until the meat is tender and has absorbed the sauce.
  6. Meanwhile, roast the eggplants directly on the stovetop. Peel the eggplants while still warm, then chop them finely on a cutting board. Finally, mash them into a puree.
  7. Transfer the crushed eggplants to a filter and press out any excess water until they form a smooth puree.
  8. In a separate medium saucepan, melt 2 tbsp of butter over medium heat. Add the all-purpose flour and fry on low heat. Stir in the eggplant puree and cook until smooth.
  9. Gradually add the milk to the saucepan, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper, then remove from heat.
  10. Once the meat is tender and combined with the sauce, season with salt and remove it from the stove.
  11. To serve, spread the eggplant puree onto plates, then top with the meat and sauce mixture. Garnish with chopped parsley before serving.


The eggplants should be thoroughly roasted until completely soft during the process.

After roasting, cover the eggplants with a cheesecloth and let them sit for 2 minutes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 726Total Fat 48gSaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 145mgSodium 501mgCarbohydrates 38gNet Carbohydrates 30gFiber 8gSugar 16gProtein 39.5g

Side Dishes for Eggplant Beef Recipe

  • You can consume it alone or take it with some crispy tortillas,
  • Cooked rice is also a very good accompaniment. But you can choose orzo salad to make it healthier,
  • Yogurt soups or tomato soups,
  • Tzatziki.

See Also

Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe

Beef Orzo Recipe

White Bean Stew

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