Kashkeh Bademjan ~ Persian Eggplant Dip

by My Persian Kitchen on January 31, 2009

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Last week Joan left a comment asking me about a warm borani made with eggplant. Well ladies and gentleman I present to you Kashkeh Bademjan, also known as eggplant dip or if you want to get really fancy you can call it Dip de Aubergine, oh la la!!!!

Kashkeh Bademjan is by far one of my favorite appetizers. It is a delicious blend of eggplants, garlic, and Kashk which is whey.  I love eating this appetizer with lavash bread.  This was my first time making it and it was actually pretty easy.

Let’s get started!

Ingredients

3 eggplants, skin removed and diced

1 onion, chopped

6 nice size garlic cloves, chopped

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 pinch of saffron

1/2 cup of Khask

5 tbsp of olive oil

Salt & pepper

Must have Garnish

1 red onion, finly sliced

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 tsp of dried mint

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Peal eggplants,  dice, and place in a bowl

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Sprinkle a generous amount of salt, add water to cover the eggplants, and give it a mix with your hand so that the salt is diluted.  Make sure that you do this step because what you are doing right now is removing the eggplant’s bitterness.

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Since eggplant is buoyant, place a dish on top of it and put something heavy to hold it down.  I put a glass on mine and it worked out great.

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In the mean time sauté the  onion and garlic for the dish with 2 tbsp of oil on medium and the one for the garnish in 1 tbsp of oil. For both of these it is best to use non-stick pans.  For the garnish just let the onion sauté on the low.  What you want is for the onion to get a bit crispy towards the end. This is going to take a while so be patient and make sure you give it a stir every so often.

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Once the eggplant is ready, rinse it and place in a colander to drain water

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Once the onion has turned into a golden color add 2 tbsp of oil and the eggplants to it

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Fry the eggplant until it turns brownish. This should take about 20-30 minutes.  Then add 1 cup of water, tomato paste, cover, and let cook for about 30 minutes. At this point season with salt and pepper.  Once the liquid starts boiling, take a couple of tablespoons out and place it in a small bowl and add the saffron to it.  The liquid will turn into a bright orange color.  Add it back to the eggplant and let it cook.  The warm water will release the saffron’s flavor.

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Use a hand blender to mash the eggplants

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Taste to adjust seasoning and then add Kashk and mix until well incorporated

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Place in a serving dish and garnish with the onion and mint.  Serve warm with bread.

If you don’t have access to a Persian store where they sell kashk, you can substitute with sour cream, but this will change the taste.  This post has enspired me to actually try and make homemade kashk.  So check back again for my next experiment!!!

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Joan Kirschenbaum February 2, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Thanks for the recipe and demonstration photos. I’ll try to
prepare the Kashkeh Bademjan soon and let you know the
results.

Just reading about it had my mouth watering!

Persian Kitchen February 2, 2009 at 9:33 pm

You are very welcome Joan. I look forward to reading all about it!!!!

Desiree May 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I’ve enjoyed reading all of your recipes. I found your site while looking for a recipe for kuku. Lamb, dill and lima bean has always been one of my favorites and am eager to try the kuku. I am half Persian on my father’s side and would love to make Kashk Bademjam as this is one of his favorite dishes and something that my mother and I have yet to conquer. There are no Persian stores nearby. Do you know if the Kashk from Sadaf needs to be refrigerated before opening or if it is something that is safe until open?

Persian Kitchen May 15, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Hello Desiree,

Thank you for stopping by. Until this past Norouz I had only seen kashk in refrigerators at the stores. For the first time I saw a brand that did not need refrigeration before opening. I have only seen Sadaf’s kashk in the refrigerator at the markets. Additionally, the bottles also have a “Keep Refrigerated” note on them. Another option that you may want to look into is purchasing dried kashk. My mom was here recently and she found some at a Persian market to take back with her.

In case you can’t get your hands on Kashk a close substitute is sour cream. Not the same taste, but close.
I hope this helps. :)

nora@ffr May 29, 2009 at 3:22 am

yumm!! egg plants, one of my fav vegie from all.. cant wait to try this out.. look delicious.. :) thank you for sharing.. ill let you know how it turned out..
cheers!!

Prema Menezes May 29, 2009 at 7:46 am

Hi there,

Like Desiree, I came across your blog while searching for Iranian recipes using dill. I absolutely love Iranian food and ate often in an Iranian restaurant in Paris.

Do you have a recipe using Dill and Beef or Chicken?

Love your pictures and explanations, makes it very easy to follow. Thanks again.

Prema

Persian Kitchen May 29, 2009 at 9:05 am

Hello Nora,

I can’t wait to hear how you like it. :) Please keep me posted!!!

Persian Kitchen May 29, 2009 at 9:08 am

Hello Prema,

Welcome to the site. I am so glad you found us! I do know one rice recipe that is made with rice and dill. It is really good and they usually make it with lamb shank. It is incredibly good. I have never personally made lamb shank, but I think you have inspired me to give it a try. It is now on my upcoming recipes list.
Stay tuned!

Desiree May 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I will look for the dried kashk. The kuku was truly delicious and looked beautiful. I was too afraid to flip the pieces over individually so actually just turned the whole thing over into another preheated oiled pan. I used EggBeaters instead of fresh eggs to cut down on the cholesterol. Thanks for the recipe. I am going to check out a Persian store in Chicago and Milwaukee for the kashk. I’ll let you know how it tastes!! Thanks for sharing your recipes and pictures.

Persian Kitchen May 30, 2009 at 11:02 am

I am so happy to hear that you liked the kuku. The flipping part is the hardest part and I don’t seem to ever be able to do it nicely. However, the way you did it is very clever. I know that you can also make Kuku in the oven, but I have never made it that way before.
Let me know how it all goes with the kashk. :)

Janelle Vahdat December 22, 2009 at 7:22 pm

My husband found your wonderful website while helping me try to find an eggplant recipe. We have a wonderful Persian Resturant not far from our home that has a wonderful buffet. My husband is Persian and said it is the closest thing to home cooking he has experienced since he left Iran . I love Persian food and have a wonderful cookbook which I have used on many occasions. This resturant serves an awesome baked eggplant that is heavenly. The flavor is rich and decadent and now when we go to the buffet i search under all the lids until I find this wonderful treasure. I love Kashkeh Bademjan but this eggplant is different as it is not pureed it is sliced into rounds and baked with other seasonings and sauces but I am not sure what they are. I have searched the internet for a recipe and have found nothing that even looks like it. PLEASE help me with this I want to make this for my husband.

Thank yuo

My Persian Kitchen December 23, 2009 at 10:32 am

Janelle,
To be honest, I have no idea what it is…what are the spices used? What color is the sauce? Is there tomatoes in there?

Janelle Vahdat December 23, 2009 at 3:51 pm

OH MY thank you for your quick response!

Yes I do believe there are is tomato sauce in it. I suppose I could take your recipe and use the spices noted but slice the eggplant in rounds and cover with sauce and bake instead of puree. I may do that I will let you know if I do. I could probably contact my sister in law who is now in Canada but she does not speak English yet…and I am a failure at Farsi..LOL

My Persian Kitchen December 24, 2009 at 9:29 am

Janalle, are you sure that the eggplant dish is not Khoreshteh Bademjan? If yes, then you can make it by following my recipe for Zucchini Stew and simply substituting with fried eggplants. Here is the recipe for it: http://mypersiankitchen.com/?p=1513

Janelle December 25, 2009 at 7:18 am

No it is not the same as the Zucchini stew what I will do the next time we go there is take a photo and post it so you can see what I am talking about. I called my sister in law and she helped me out on the spices so today is the test! Thank you so much for your assistance and wish me luck!!
Merry Christmas

Sepehr February 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I think Janelle may be referring to Mirza ghasemi…not not sure.

Amnah October 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

I cannot wait to go out and buy more eggplant to try this. I’ll be sure to grind my saffron before adding the hot water. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes and tips.

Amnah December 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I just finished making this and it came out delicious! Unfortunately I didn’t have any kashk so I used sour cream. I can only imagine how much tastier it is with authentic ingredients. Do you know what I would have to add to give it the spicy kick like the version that is found in Indian restaurants? Again, thank you for sharing your recipes!

My Persian Kitchen December 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Amnah, so glad to hear that it came out great even without using kashk. Hmm don’t know about the Indian version but you can maybe try either a fresh chili or use powdered chili purchased from an Indian store which is different than the ones at regular stores.

simbelmyne January 4, 2011 at 12:17 am

what a great site! i don’t really cook anything from persian food (although my husband is persian and i like persian food because of my mother-in-law cooking) but maybe i’ll change my mind after reading these recipes:).
i put a link on my site if you don’t mind :)

My Persian Kitchen January 4, 2011 at 10:53 am

Simbelmyne, welcome!! I hope you will start making some Persian dishes from now on forward!!! Thank you for linking to me!

Jay November 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I just love your recipes and your pictures. I am a big fanof Persian food and beign able tomake those favorite dishes at home is awesome.My daughter who is a very fussy eater loves allthe dishes I make from your blog. thank you for inspiring us!

FigFondue March 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm

This is very different from how we make the dish… this looks good, but I personally really like a bit of a smoky flavour in my kashk-e-badamjan: http://figfondue.blogspot.com/2012/01/kashk-e-bademjun-eggplant-spread.html

One of the problems we have here, as well, is that there are no middle-eastern stores, so there’s no way we can get kashk… sour cream was a good substitute, but my persian friends did miss the salty texture of kashk :)

Gary Madjedi May 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

Great recipe. This was a mega hit with my family. Was every bit as good (some felt better) than our that of our initial exposure to the dish at a restaurant in SF. My father liked it so much he was putting it the rice. I liked it so much I was even dipping sourdough into it when we ran out of lavash :)

I did use Kashk I ordered online and must admit I was nervous when I saw “keep refrigerated” on the jars :( However it was shipped from LA and made it here the next day. Not sure that is such a good idea though. Might ask them to send it in a foamed box with ice bags.

Thanks for the recipe though… excellent and relatively easy to do.

Niloofar October 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Thank you for this recipe. It was really delicious! I’ve been cooking Persian food for my Persian bf for 7 years now and am always trying out new recipes. I find your site very helpful. I just have one question regarding kashk and I was hoping you could help me. How do I liquefy a powdered kashk? You see, what I normally do is just add water to it, stir it, and let it sit for a few hours before using it, but it never turned out to be homogenized. Instead of turning out into a creamy mixture, the kashk powder settles at the bottom undissolved and unmixed. Any advice on this would be highly appreciated. :)

My Persian Kitchen November 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

Niloofar, I have never used the dry type but from what my mom has told me, I think she uses hot water…

marcia January 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Planning to use this for my Persian luncheon. How many cups wll this recipe make. thnx

Austin January 25, 2013 at 7:57 am

This is my favorite dish! I will be making it for my family tonight. Would you please tell me how long I should soak the eggplants in the water for?
Thanks

mehri August 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm

One of my favorite dish! I also add walnuts :)

Jacques Assayag September 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

Hi there-Your service TO The Public has lots OF good
carma- i do Same When asked bout the various receipes
Born in Tangier -Morocco-saw Mom do Many outstanding
Dishes-darina-Couscous TAGINE LAMB n Vegies etc
So yes We All strive TO learn different cousines
Shalom-Salam
Best. (Here in L A Ca many persians in mix)
Jacques

Olga January 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm

How to substitute a kashk? Having hard time finding it…

My Persian Kitchen January 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

Olga, you can use Sour Cream.

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