Eggplant Kuku

February 11, 2017
Eggplant Kuku - An Middle Eastern take on the frittata filled with eggplant & barberries whose dramatic sharpness magically accentuate everything else

Happy Saturday!

What are you up to this weekend?

Photo Credit: Instagram – @itsdougthepug “I'm so over winter” ~ Doug

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We're going to be cramming for Monday night's Canine Good Citizen test.

Out of the ten things, Harry + Sally will be graded on; loose leash walking is still our biggest challenge.  Admittedly, they each do pretty well as long as they're not together, don't see a bunny, need to chase a leaf, or want to say hi to a kitty

In between practice sessions, we're having dinner with my parents to celebrate our anniversary

And I'm looking forward to some time in the kitchen.  After hearing everyone at the gym rave about their Instant Pot, I've finally jumped on the bandwagon.  Do you have any recipes I should try?

(ps:  A couple of really good Insta Pot articles from The New York Times; in case you're still on the fence)

Whatever you're up to, I hope you have a good one!

Eggplant Kuku - An Middle Eastern take on the frittata filled with eggplant & barberries whose dramatic sharpness magically accentuate everything else

For the weekend I thought it might be fun to share a few Instagram accounts from the wellness world that I've been loving lately

Any others you'd like to share? I'm always looking for new inspiration(!)

Tao Portion-Lynch:  At 98 years young she holds the record for the oldest yoga teacher, and inspires me with her wisdom and amazing vitality

Mind Body Green:  Lots of inspiration for living our best life

National Geographic Creative, EarthPix, and National Geographic Travel:  For the moments I'm feeling the winter blahs and need to live vicariously through someone else.  Stunning images from around the globe

Food Coach NYC – Dana's simply the best

Vegan and Vegetarian recipe inspiration

Eggplant Kuku - An Middle Eastern take on the frittata filled with eggplant & barberries whose dramatic sharpness magically accentuate everything else

Spiritual Gangster – Gorgeous yoga photos and Boho-chic vibes; sure to send you on your way with a dose of inspired living

NomNomPaleo:  You're guaranteed to find cooking inspiration, whether you're following a Paleo lifestyle or not

The Chalkboard Mag: encompasses all things health and wellness, and their Instagram doesn’t disappoint

Breakfast Criminals:  Smoothie bowls + ideas for your own, in every shape, size, and color.  The best part?  She always includes her recipes

Kayla Itsines:  It's so inspiring to see the before and after pictures of people who have followed her guides.  While the difference is stunning, her sensible approach to fitness and wellness is what keeps me coming back

Eggplant Kuku - An Middle Eastern take on the frittata filled with eggplant & barberries whose dramatic sharpness magically accentuate everything else

Also for the weekend, a new brunch favorite.

Ottolenghi's Eggplant Kuku, a middle eastern take on the frittata, filled with eggplant, onions.  Additional boosts of flavor come from herbs and barberries, whose dramatic sharpness magically accentuate everything else.

The Kuku can be eaten hot or cold and will keep well in the fridge for two or three days.  It would be great for breakfast, as an appetizer, side, or light main with yogurt, salad, and bread.



~ Adapted from Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

Eggplant Kuku


  • ½ cup olive oil + extra for prepping the baking pan
  • 3 medium onions, peeled and sliced (~ 4 cups)
  • 3 small eggplants, tops removed and peeled
  • 5 eggs (large or XL)
  • 3 Tbsp flour of your choice (I used oat flour)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup bread crumbs, regular or gluten-free
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped + extra for garnishing
  • 1 tsp saffron strands, soaked in 2 Tbsp hot water
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • ¼ barberries (or chopped dried sour cherries or currants soaked in a bit of lemon juice both make great substitutes)
  • fine grain sea salt + freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400° F
  • Line the base and sides of an 8" springform pan with waxed paper and brush the paper lightly with oil
  • In a large, heavy pan over medium-high, add a good glug of olive oil and warm.
  • Add the onions and saute for ~ 7-8 minutes, or until they've softened, but not yet brown
  • While the onions are cooking, cut the eggplants in half crosswise and then cut each half lengthwise into slices ~ ½" thick, so you'll end up with batons ~ 3" long and ½" wide
  • Add the batons and a pinch of sea salt to the sautéing onions and continue to cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally and gently to protect the eggplant from breaking apart
  • Continue to cook for 12-14 minutes, or until the eggplant has softened completely
  • Remove from the heat and set aside to cool
  • In a large bowl, add the eggs, flour, baking powder, bread crumbs, parsley, saffron water, garlic, a pinch of sea salt and a good grind of black pepper.
  • Whisk until well combined
  • Once smooth, fold in the barberries, along with the onions and eggplant
  • Pour the egg mixture into the prepared pan and bake for ~ 35 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool
  • Serve warm or at room temp, sprinkled the parsley, if you like
Serves: 4
Nutrition + Show
Calories 428
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 4g
Carbohydrates 53g
Fiber 12.8g
Sugars 23.8g
Protein 15.3g
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  • Reply Poonam February 11, 2017 at 11:43 am

    YUM!! I love eggplant & this looks so delicious. This would be perfect for brunch.

  • Reply candy February 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Your dish look delicious, we don’t use eggplant enough. We are hauling in wood for next winter, livestock is fed, laundry done, floors mopped, bathrooms cleaned, made double batch of cookies.

  • Reply Kimberly February 11, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I’ve never heard of eggplant kuku. It sounds really good and looks delicious. Maybe I can talk my family into giving it a try! Lol!

  • Reply Carmen February 11, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    This is incredible! My mom makes kuku all the time, never tried it with eggplant. :]

  • Reply Tammy February 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing and something I need to add the menu.


  • Reply Vicki February 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    This looks so good! I have been looking for new ways to try eggplant!

  • Reply Ruxi February 12, 2017 at 12:55 am

    looks absolutely delicious!! can’t wait to try it with the eggplants from our garden in the summer!

  • Reply Nicole McClean February 12, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Great thank you for sharing this looks & sounds delicious! I’ve never tried egg plant before but I’m always open to new recipes. Will be making this next weekend thank you!

  • Reply Jolleen February 12, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Oh my gosh, that pug photo made me crack up! I wasn’t expecting it on a recipe post, lol. This looks so absolutely yummy! Going to have to try soon. Perfect for the cold weather thetas lingering.

  • Reply Nina February 13, 2017 at 2:06 am

    I always like finding Instagram accounts that post inspiring things for what I’m interested in. That usually means women traveling. This eggplant looks tasty!

  • Reply Rhian February 13, 2017 at 4:08 am

    I have never had eggplant before so I’m not really sure what it tastes like x

  • Reply Freya February 13, 2017 at 8:10 am

    A yoga teacher….at 98!!! That is impressive, well done Tao for staying so active, young and inspiring others! I feel this recipe would be a good wholesome meal all whilst being relatively healthy too!

  • Reply Fatima February 13, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Never heard of or tried an eggplant kuku before. It sounds healthy and lovely for a meal too!

  • Reply Tescha Chetty February 13, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, this is fabulous and so creative. I am def going to try this recipe. The ingredients a real easy to find too 🙂

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus February 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Wow I just checked out Tao’s account and what an inspiration, to be so dedicated to her craft. Just goes to show age is just a number! Love the recipe xx

  • Reply sabine February 13, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Looks like something tasting so good. Healthy at the same time! Perfect for Valentines Day too!

  • Reply Kathy Myers February 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I have always loved eggplant but couldn’t find a good recipe. I am going to have to try this!

  • Reply Elizabeth O. February 13, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I hope your pups do great on the test! I’m sure it’s all going to be fine. I hope you had a great weekend as well. That frittata looks amazing!

  • Reply Anton February 13, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I absolutely love eggplant / brinjals. Order it all the time when i’m at an Indian or Indonesian restaurant. Never heard of kuku, looking forward to giving this a go.

  • Reply Miss Kim February 13, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Awww your pooch looks adorbs in his little outfit. How’d he do? I so miss having dogs!

    You’re always whipping up delicious looking dishes. Looks fab.

  • Reply Kusum February 13, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Oh that looks really tasty! I would definitely want to try some, both eating and making, haha!

    xx, Kusum

  • Reply NooDz February 14, 2017 at 6:28 am

    I never had that before it looks delicious…I must give it a try

  • Reply Emma Beal February 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Unless it’s Eggplant parmigiana I haven’t had much luck with this vegetable. How are the flavors and textures?
    I’ve noticed the ones I find locally are bland and mushy after being cooked; maybe I am overcooking?

  • Reply Heydave February 15, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    5 stars
    I need to say that this is insanely awesome cold, worth hot sauce. Perfect!

  • Reply Eugenia February 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I’ve never heard of Eggplant Kuku, sounds so yummy! Perfect for those who love frittata!

  • Reply Claudia Blanton February 15, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    5 stars
    I am usually not an eggplant fan, but maybe I give it a try in this recipe because the rest seems so delicious. Maybe I just never had it in a really good recipe, and that might be the problem. Oh well, I am adventurous and will try and see if your recipes will make me an eggplant fan. Wish me luck!



  • Reply Rodanthi Dimou February 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing those Instagram accounts. I’ll make sure to check them for inspiration. 🙂 I’ve never tasted a kuku before, but it looks yummy! I will make it this weekend. I like trying new recipes and new tastes.

  • Reply Mary February 17, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Anything with eggplant is on my to eat list. It’s one of my favorite foods. Also, that pug….I know how you feel Doug…I know how you feel.

  • Reply Robin May 25, 2017 at 5:24 am

    How have I never had kuku before?? OMG, it sounds incredible. I need to fix that immediately!!

  • Reply Jaime Nicole May 25, 2017 at 5:41 am

    I have never heard of eggplant kuku, but it looks amazing. It definitely reminds me of a frittata, which I LOVE.

  • Reply Shirley Wood May 25, 2017 at 6:41 am

    This dish looks delicious. I have not yet gotten onto the Instant Pot bandwagon but I do plan too. Your sweet little fur baby is adorable. Hope he gets the loose leash thing down better. Happy Anniversary!

  • Reply Amber Myers May 25, 2017 at 7:23 am

    5 stars
    I have not heard of this before, but I’d give it a taste. It looks and sounds like something I’d enjoy.

    My daughter would LOVE that pug photo. She really wants a pug.

  • Reply Franc Ramon May 25, 2017 at 8:11 am

    The eggplant kuku looks like a really tasty and delicious meal It also is healthy because of the eggplant. It makes a really good meal.

  • Reply Ayushi Arora May 25, 2017 at 8:14 am

    The dish seems really delicious, it’s undoubtedly healthy too. I think I would recommend it to my friend as we are vegetarians. But, this dish looks amazing!

  • Reply Sarah Bailey May 25, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I have to admit I haven’t heard of Eggplant Kuku but it sounds really delicious. Also thank you for sharing some inspirations :).

  • Reply Pam May 25, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Lots of great inspiration in this post. And a great recipe too. I just saw some eggplant on sale at the farmer’s Marley!

  • Reply Paula Bendfeldt May 26, 2017 at 4:10 am

    I love eggplant but have never had an Eggplant Kuku. It sounds delicious! I will have to make this soon.

  • Reply Tessa Smith May 26, 2017 at 5:47 am

    4 stars
    This looks really good. My husband loves Eggplant so I will have to make this for him some time. Thanks for it! Yum!

  • Reply Anosa May 26, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Looks like this is a nice menu. I would love to have a taste. The picture is so inviting!

  • Reply Sawyer May 26, 2017 at 8:35 am

    5 stars
    I always like coming back to your blog because your recipes are really unique and tasty. I would try making this Eggplant Kuku. We love our eggplant deep fried and crispy (tempura style) but this dish is something worth trying too.

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose May 26, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Oh my that looks so delicious. I love eggplant so I am interested in trying your recipe.

  • Reply Angela May 26, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    5 stars
    I personally have never even tried or seen Eggplant Kuku in our regular menu whenever we eat out. Not familiar but seeing this makes me want to try it. It looks absolutely delightful and I would totally give this a go soon. Thank you for the recipe and steps! xx

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc May 27, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    5 stars
    My youngest son loves eggplants. I usually cook it by boiling it, then mashing then making an omelet with it. However, your recipe looks like something he will enjoy too. Thank you for sharing. I will make some for him this week.

  • Reply Carol April 27, 2018 at 11:35 am

    5 stars
    Okay, so I really appreciate the instagram accounts that you shared especially with the vegan and vegatarian inspired recipes. Eating less meat has been something I’ve been working on since last year. I do love that eggplant frittata. I wouldn’t mind having that for brunch this weekend! YUM!

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