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Hünkârbeğendi, or simply beğendi (literally, 'the sultan liked it'), is an eggplant and meat (lamb or beef) dish in Ottoman cuisine.

It is made from eggplant grilled until the skin is burned, giving it a smoky flavor. The eggplant is puréed, seasoned and thickened with béchamel sauce. The mixture is then topped with cubes of sauteed or grilled meat.[1]


  1. ^ "Rich lamb stew with aubergine purée (Hunkar begendi)". BBC.