What is Eggplant Mamzana?
Which Region Does Mamzana Belong To? Mamzana is a tapas from Edirne, Turkey. It is made by mixing roasted eggplant and vegetables with yogurt. It is a practical and delicious Rumelia eggplant appetizer. It is estimated that its name comes from the Caucasian period. It is frequently consumed with dishes such as kebab, grilled meat and chicken.
Mamzana, whose original recipe belongs to the Thrace Region, is prepared with yogurt. However, Mamzana is also made without yoghurt in some regions. It is often mixed with Manca Salad, a flavor of Kırıkkale Region. The difference between Mamzana and Manca is that no vinegar is used in the original Mamzana.
How to Store Mamzana?
How to keep roasted eggplant in the refrigerator? After roasting the aubergines, leave it to cool at room temperature for a while before putting them in the refrigerator. After the roasted eggplants have cooled, put them in refrigerator bags. You can put more than one bag piece by piece according to the piece you make. This way the eggplants will freeze better. After putting it in airtight bags, throw it into the freezer. You can store it for up to 1 year.
If yogurt sauce is added to Eggplant Mamzana, it should be consumed within1 day. If the sauce is not added, you can keep the roasted eggplant mixture in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
How to Roast Eggplant?
Eggplant can be roasted in the oven, on an electric stove or directly on the fire. While roasting the eggplant, firstly you should wash it thoroughly and dry it. The roasting time of the eggplant may be longer if it is wet or moist. Another step to be done while roasting eggplant is to make small holes with the help of a fork. In this way, eggplant is cooked in a shorter time and gets better.
To roast eggplant in the oven; set the oven to 390°F (200 °C). Wrap the eggplants in aluminum foil. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes.
To roast eggplant on the stove; Turn on the stove to medium-high heat. Put the eggplant roasting or frying pan on the stove. Lay out the eggplants. With the help of a tongs, rotate the eggplants and cook them.
After roasting the eggplants, cover them for a while so that the skin can be peeled more easily. In this way, the skin will soften with its own steam. You can also put it in the refrigerator bag to make it easier to peel off. Another method to peel the skin is to cut the roasted eggplants in half with a knife. In this way, you can remove the inside with a tablespoon.
How to Prevent Eggplant from Turning Brown?
In order to prevent the eggplants from darkening; soak them in lukewarm water with lemon and olive oil, after peeling the roasted eggplants. In this way, you can use it in appetizers or salads. Another option is to pre-grill the eggplants. You can store the roasted eggplants in the freezer, take them out whenever you want and use them in meals or tapas.