Mesa'a'a / Stewed Eggplant

Egyptian Food and Recipes


Ingredient for Mesa'a'a


* 1 kg brown round eggplant

* 1/2 kg savory minced beef

* 2 cups tomato juice

* cooking oil

* salt and pepper



Ingredients for Savory Minced Meet (Lahma mu'assaga)


* 1 kg beef

* 2 onions, chopped very fine

* cooking oil

* salt and pepper


Directions for Savory Minced Meet


Mince the beef coarsely. Fry the onions until pale gold, then add beef and seasoning and cook until the juice is reabsorbed.

Directions for Musa''a'a

Slice, peeled or unpeeled eggplant and spread on smooth surface. Sprinkle with salt, and allow to stand for at least one hour. Squeeze gently to drain moisture, pat dry, and deep fry the eggplant in sizzling oil. Then remove onto absorbent paper.

Line the bottom of a baking dish with half the eggplant slices, spread savory minced beef on top, and cover with the remaining half of the eggplant slices. With the tip of a knife, make several deep dents in the eggplants. Season tomato juice and pour over eggplant. Bake in center of moderate oven for about 30 minutes.

In Lebanon and Syria, pine nuts are added to the savory minced beef.



Last Updated: June 6th, 2011