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 has 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 you can also prepare it as a dipping sauce with a tortilla. We will explain in more detail in the rest of the article how it can be combined with every side dish.


Eggplant Beef Recipe

Middle Eastern Eggplant Beef Recipe

Yield: 5

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


    Prepare the meat sauce:

    Preheat a medium, deep saucepan. Add 4 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp butter. Let the butter melt. Add the chopped beef and fry. Continue frying on medium heat until all the water has been absorbed. Chop the onions extra fine, grate the garlic, add it to the meat and continue frying. Continue frying until there is no water left in the pan. Add the garlic and fry a little more. Then add tomato puree and fry for a few more minutes. Add hot water. Then close the pot’s lid, and turn the heat to the lowest possible. Cook in this way until the meat is tender and combine it with the sauce.

    Prepare the eggplant puree:

    Roast the eggplants on the stovetop. Peel the eggplants while they are still warm. Chop the eggplants as finely as possible with a knife on a cutting board, and finally, mash them into a puree. Take the crushed eggplants on a strainer. Puree well by pressing on the strainer and straining all the water. Press on the eggplants well until they become puree. Preheat a medium saucepan. Add 2 tbsp butter and melt. Add all-purpose flour and fry on low heat. Add the eggplant puree and cook until smooth. Add milk little by little to the saucepan.

    Stir constantly. Add salt and pepper and remove from heat. Finally, check the meats. When the meat becomes soft and tender and combines with the sauce, add salt and remove it from the stove. Share eggplant puree on the plates, then put the meat and meat sauce on it. Garnish with some chopped parsley.


  • Eggplants should be roasted as well as possible and should be completely soft by the end of the process.
  • Cover the roasted eggplants with a cheesecloth and leave them like this for 2 minutes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 570Total Fat 38gNet Carbohydrates 23gProtein 31g

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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