Karnıyarık (Eggplant Filled with Soy Meat)

Eggplant (/Aubergine) has been one of the most cooked vegetables in Anatolia and so, there are various recipes. Also, there are different types of Eggplant. For this recipe, better to use long and fat version.



Karnıyarık is originally not a light dish and its main ingredient is Lamp. Mine is vegan and light version of Karnıyarık :

  • Instead of lamb, I used Soy Meat (/dried minced soy)
  • Eggplants are not fried. I put them into oven.

If you search Karnıyarık on Google, you can find the original recipe too.

Ingredient (for 2 people)

  • 2 Eggplants
  • 1 mug dried minced soy.
  • 1 small size onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 small coffee cup parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon drill (optional)
  • 1 green or red sweet pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 mug tomato puree (you can use fresh tomato if it is summer and if you can find tasty tomatoes)
  • 1 garlic bulb (peeled)
  • Black pepper and salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil for eggplants and 2 tablespoon olive oil for stuff


1st Step: 

  • First put dried soy meat into a small pot/big water glass and add hot water (water needs to be 1 cm above the soy meat). Soy meat will absorb the water.

2nd Step:

  • Preheat oven to 180°.
  • Remove top and peel the eggplant lengthwise (see photo below).img_8789
  • Then put olive oil to the whole surface of eggplant by using pastry brushes.


  • Create some small holes in eggplant by using toothpick.


  • Put them into oven and cook around 40 minutes until they are soft.

3rd Step:

  • Put 2 tablespoon olive oil and chopped onions into pan and stir onions until they become softer and their color turn to golden (5-7 minutes)
  • Add garlic, chopped pepper and stir around 5 minutes.
  • Add soy meat and then tomato sauce,  stir around 5 minutes more.
  • A them to cook in low heat (5 minutes).
  • Close the heat.
  • When it comes to room temperature, add parsley and drill.

4th Step:

  • Cut  baked eggplant from  middle slowly and remove the flesh in the center of the eggplant to create a space to put the stuff. img_8810
  • Add stuff into eggplant and put tomato slices into top.


  • Cook them in the oven ( 200°) around 15 min (until tomato slices are cooked).

Enjoy 🙂