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Imam bayildi (literally translated as "The imam fainted" or "The imam was thrilled") is one of the most notable Turkish zeytinyağlı (olive oil) dishes. It is a kind of Meze as a vegetarian dish. It consists of eggplant stuffed with onions, garlic, and tomatoes, then simmered in olive oil. Another variant is karniyarik, which includes chopped meat.
İmam bayıldı, which is usually eaten cold like other zeytinyagi dishes, which are also called zeytinyagli in general, may have originated during the Middle Ages. Because of the theory of humours, it was a common practice to eat cold, moist foods during the summer months in order to counteract the bile produced by the dry heat of the season.
There are several legends which attempt to explain the name of the dish:
The imam fainted when he tasted how good it was.
The imam fainted when he saw how much expensive olive oil was used.
The imam was delighted when a shopkeeper's wife quickly prepared this dish for his unexpected visit.
It is interesting to notice that this dish is also well known (under the same turkish name!) in Greece.
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