If you love trying dishes from around the world then this Iraqi casserole recipe known as tepsi baytinijan should definitely be on your list! Layers of soft fried aubergine, carrots, onions and tomatoes nestling around spiced beef meatballs make it a tasty comfort food family meal.
Cut the aubergines into slices about 1cm wide. Slice the carrots about 1-2 mm wide and slice the onions.
Lightly fry the aubergines for about 5 minutes on each side. Put to the side and then in the same pan fry the onions and carrots until softened. Add one crushed garlic clove a few minutes before they are ready.
While cooking the vegetables, make the meatballs. Mix ½ a tsp of each spice and 1 crushed garlic clove into the mince. Make into small meatballs.
Lightly oil an ovenproof dish. Place the aubergines on the bottom of the dish. Layer the carrots and onions on top. Slice the tomatoes into wide chunks and put on top. Put the meat balls between the chunks of tomato.
Put the rest of the spices and the tomato puree into a cup. Add 200ml of boiling water and stir till the puree has dissolved.
Pour the water over the dish and cover with tinfoil. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes at 180°c
Nutritional information is approximate and a guideline only.