Smoked Aubergine Caviar
Mirza Ghassemi is a Northern Iranian (originally from Gilan province) appetizer or main based on smoked aubergine.
The dish consists of aubergines seasoned with garlic, tomato, curcuma, oil or butter, salt and pepper bound together with eggs is usually served with bread.
Mirza Ghassemi is an insanely delicious dish of smoked aubergine caviar bound together with eggs. As palatable and precious as it is, its origins couldn’t be anything less than illustrious. Mirza Ghasemi, in fact, was invented by Mohammad Ghasem Khan, former ruler of Rasht, capital of northern Gilan province, and Iranian ambassador in Russia during the Qajar dynasty, nonetheless.
Mohammad Ghasem Khan was a great chef and he created the dish when he was on duty in Saint Petersburg, introducing it in his native Gilan in 1860 when he returned home, where it became a widely popular dish.
The most traditional recipe is made of smashed baked eggplants cooked with stir-fried garlic and freshly peeled tomatoes, and finally mixed with scrambled eggs. The dish is actually not difficult to make but don’t tell anyone!
- Tomato Paste
- Olive OIl
- Salt & Pepper