Smoky Eggplant, Capsicum and Mint Mezze

Serves: 4 as part of a mezze platter
Prep: 5 minutes
Cooks In: 30 minutes

Smoky Eggplant, Capsicum and Mint Mezze

The word mezze means “taste” or “snack” in Turkish, and is a selection of small dishes served as appetizers before a main dish. Serve this smoky eggplant, capsicum and mint mezze as part of a platter with some cheese, olives, hummus, and fresh bread.

Barbecuing the eggplant and capsicum or charring them over a naked flame gives a nice smoky flavour which tastes great in this mezze, but you can cook them in the oven too.


Print Recipe

  • eggplant 1 whole
  • red capsicum (bell peppers) 2 small or 1 large
  • cumin seeds 1 teaspoon, toasted and crushed
  • smoked paprika ½ teaspoon
  • lemon juice of 1
  • extra-virgin olive oil 1-2 tablespoons
  • mint leaves 2 tablespoons chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt


  1. Prick eggplant all over with the tip of a sharp knife. Barbeque whole eggplant and capsicums for about 10-15 minutes on each side, or until skin is charred, blackened and the eggplant flesh is very soft inside. You can also char them over a naked flame, turning them occasionally with metal tongs, until their skins are blackened and blistered. Alternatively you can cook the eggplant and capsicums (whole) in a 220degC/430 Fahrenheit oven for about 40-45 minutes until they are soft and their skins are charred and blistered. Set aside to cool for about 5 minutes.
  1. Peel skins off capsicums – they should come off easily. Remove seeds and dice soft flesh. Cut eggplant in half lengthways and scoop out soft flesh with a spoon and roughly chop.
  1. Place eggplant and capsicum flesh in a mortar and pestle with cumin and smoked paprika and roughly mash with the pestle to combine – don’t over-crush though, it’s nice to have a bit of texture. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, just mixed diced/chopped flesh in a bowl. Mix in lemon juice, mint and extra virgin olive oil and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Nutritional Information Per Serving
3.5 g
3.0 g
Total Fat
5.5 g
1.2 g