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Μelinzanokeftedes – Μελιτζανoκεφτεδες

3 comments Feb 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Recipes, Side Dishes

Seven weeks befor Easter Lent beginns in Christianity. So with also here in Greece. For those who take fasting verz serious certain rules apply according to the day of the week and the week you are in. Some of the days vegan food is in demand, on other days the consumtion of oil, wine and molluscas are allowed. Other days again allow fish. I will get back with a more detailed explenation in a later post.

Quite a few people here in Greece follow the rules of Lent, event restaurants change their menu for those who want to fast.

I want to dedicate a few posts to the topic of fasting as I am fascinated by the fhought of cleansing your body and mind with sticking to certain foods.

I will start my series of fasting food with Melinzanokeftedes, a meatless burger made aout of eggplants.

The cheese on the photo would not be allowed if we were fasting already, but we sitll have some days to go before it all beginns.

Preparation time: 40 minutes

cooking time: 30 minutes

simple recipe


  • 1 kilo eggplants
  • 1 onion
  • a hand full of chopped parsley
  • some mint
  • 2 pieces of dry bread
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • some olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • some flour


Bake the eggplants in the oven at 200 degrees centigrade. When they throw bubbles and you can poke them easily with a fork, they are done. Take them out of the oven and put them aside to cool off.

Soak the bread in some water. Squeeze it well and crumble it into a bowl. chop the ontions and fry them in a pan with some olive oil. Add the minced garlic. Fry for a couple of minutes, then add to the bowl.

Chop the mint and the parsley and add it to the bowl. Cut the eggplants in half and scoop out the meat. Cut the meat into cubes and add to the bowl.

Add a few spoons of flour and mix all ingredients well. Let the mixture rest for a couple of minutes.

Heat olive oil in a pan. take a table spoon and scoop some of the mixture into the pan. Spread the mixture in the pan until it has the size of a small burger. Repeat this step until you have a few burgers in the pan frying. Fry on medium heat, flip after a few minutes, when the bottom side has gotten crusty. Fry well on both sides.

I serve these vegetarian burgers with some Feta cheese.

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  1. Tobias, I love melitzanokeftedes…be it Sarakosti or not. These are filling and they taste great.

  2. Something really yummy!



  3. I would not mind fasting if I could eat those!

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