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mesa'ah egyptian fried eggplant

Egyptian Fried Eggplant Recipe with Tomato Sauce – Mesa’ah

  • Author: Lilian B.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Mesa’ah is Egyptian fried eggplant with a tomato garlic sauce. This recipe for Egyptian fried eggplant is fattening and delicious.



  • 1 large eggplant
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 spicy pepper (if preferred)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Oil for frying the eggplant
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp of white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Fry the Eggplant

  1. Wash the eggplant and slice into 1/4″ thick disks.
  2. In a large nonstick frying pan, add enough oil to coat the pan. Set the heat to medium-high heat.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add enough eggplant to just cover the pan. Don’t stack the eggplant on top of each other.
  4. Using a fork, flip the eggplant once it’s a golden brown. Cook on the other side.
  5. Add a paper towel to a plate, and place the fried eggplant onto the towel to soak the extra oil. 
  6. Once the eggplant is all fried, set aside, and make the tomato garlic sauce.

Make the Garlic Tomate Sauce

  1. Chop of the garlic into very fine pieces. 
  2. In a blender, blend the tomatoes. Strain the tomatoes using a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of oil in a nonstick frying pan on medium-high heat. Add the chopped garlic and cook until medium brown.
  4. Add the tomato paste, blended and strained tomatoes, and whole spicy pepper. Cook on medium-high heat for about 15 minutes to allow all of the flavors to infuse together.
  5. Add the vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste at the very end.

Assemble the Mesa’ah

  1. Add the fried garlic into the garlic tomato sauce mixture.
  2. Serve with fresh pita bread.


  • You can substitute canned tomato puree for fresh blended and strained tomatoes.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Egyptian


  • Serving Size: 2 pieces
  • Calories: 189
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 120 mg
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 18 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: eggplant with tomato sauce, mesa'ah, Egyptian eggplant, Egyptian eggplant and tomato dish, Egyptian fried eggplant

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