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  • Writer's pictureMichel Kahn

Let me introduce you to the Sabich (fried eggplant recipe)

Updated: Jan 23, 2022

Most probably Ladino-speaking Sephardim, must have introduced bronjenasto (eggplant) to some Rothschild colony's like Zichron Ya’akov — which, although its original colonists hailed from Romania and Bessarabia, had, even in its early years, Sephardic shop owners and artisans. Although the eggplant was not part of Eastern European cuisine and was particularly grumbled about by Ashkenazi immigrants in Israel’s early years, when the nearly bankrupt Jewish state instituted rationing and eggplant, one of the few foods widely available, was so ubiquitous that even the chewing gum was said to be flavored with it. Presently Israel offers the best Sabich's in the world, in our days its and Israeli sandwich based on a traditional Iraqi Jewish dish prepared in a pita stuffed with fried eggplant, hard boiled eggs, Israeli salad, parsley, amba and tahini sauce.

l al ha-esh, or grilled eggplant.

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