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Turkish Pide Recipe for Aubergine Pide

Aubergine and chilli pide

Published: December 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + proving
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Pide is a Turkish flatbread which can be topped like pizza for a quick, easy meal. Make your dough, then top with aubergine, chilli and spices for a vegetarian lunch or supper.

  • Vegetarian

Try our aubergine and chilli pide, then check out more aubergine recipes, such as our za’atar roasted aubergines.


  • 500g strong flour
  • 1 tbsp or 2×7g sachets dried active yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt, plus extra to serve
  • olive oil
  • 2 medium aubergines, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • a pinch saffron
  • a large pinch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 red chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp kalonji (nigella seeds)
  • a bunch coriander, chopped
  • to serve yoghurt


  • STEP 1

    Mix 100g flour with the yeast, sugar and 150ml warm water, and leave it until the mixture froths. Tip it into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, and add the rest of the flour, the yoghurt, 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp salt, as well as another 200ml water. Knead for 10–15 minutes until the dough is smooth and springy, add a little more flour if you need to. Alternatively, you can mix this by hand, then knead it for 10–15 minutes. Tip the dough into a bowl, cover and leave it to rise for an hour or until it has doubled in size.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, brush the aubergine slices liberally with oil, and grill them on both sides until they’re tender and browned.

  • STEP 3

    Heat the oven to its highest setting. Divide the dough into two, and press and roll out each piece to an oval, then put it on a baking sheet. Lay the aubergine on the pide. Put the garlic, saffron and cinnamon in a mortar, and grind with a pestle. Add a good slug of olive oil and lots of seasoning, and mix everything well. Brush this over the aubergine and sprinkle on the sesame seeds, chilli and kalonji. Bake each for 10–12 minutes or until they are crisp and brown. Scatter on the coriander and serve with a dollop of yoghurt.

Check out more aubergine recipes...

Bowl of creamy aubergine curry with a plate of forks at the side

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