Indulge in Israel’s Famous Eggplant Caviar At Home

Shalom, my dear food enthusiasts! Welcome to my recipe article featuring the delectable Israeli dish that is Chatzilim – or Israeli Eggplant (Aubergine) Caviar Recipe! If you’re looking for a dish that’s not only tasty but also healthy and easy to prepare, look no further. I believe this recipe will become a staple in your kitchen once you’ve tried it.

At the core of this dish is eggplant, one of nature’s most versatile vegetables. Cut it up, roast it, fry it, or bake it – there are countless ways to prepare this gem. In this recipe, Chatzilim offers an innovative take on an age-old Middle Eastern classic. Also known as eggplant caviar, aubergine caviar, or baklazhannaia ikra in Russian, this spread is perfect for anyone looking to expand their vegetarian options.

Apart from eggplant, our recipe carefully blends the flavors of juicy tomatoes and fresh onions with olive oil and mayonnaise to create a uniquely smoky and creamy taste – trust me when I say that every mouthful will leave you craving more.

So let’s get cooking! Follow along with my step-by-step instructions and creative variations to make this delectable dish at home. But beware, once you make it once… you may just never go back to your old recipes again.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chatzilim - Israeli Eggplant (Aubergine) Caviar
Chatzilim – Israeli Eggplant (Aubergine) Caviar

Are you someone who loves trying out new recipes and flavors? If so, then you are going to adore this Israeli eggplant (aubergine) caviar recipe, also known as Chatzilim! This dish is a must-try for anyone who wants to explore the rich and diverse Middle Eastern cuisine.

One of the reasons why this recipe is so special is because of its unique smoky flavor that comes from roasting the eggplants. This flavor will make your taste buds dance with joy from the very first bite. Moreover, the creaminess of the eggplant spread when mixed with other fresh ingredients like tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers, creates a perfect balance of flavors that’s truly unforgettable.

But that’s not all. This Israeli eggplant caviar recipe is incredibly versatile and can be served in various ways. You can serve it as an appetizer with some warm pita bread or crackers, as a side dish to any main meal or even as a healthy salad. The options are endless!

You’ll love this recipe for its ease of preparation – only a handful of ingredients make up this fresh, flavorful dish. It comes together extremely quickly, yet delivers a bold taste that will leave you and your guests begging for more. Additionally, it’s vegetarian-friendly which means anyone can enjoy it no matter their dietary preferences.

So go on and give this dish a chance! Not only will your taste buds thank you, but you’ll have found one of your new favorite recipes that will impress friends and family alike.

Ingredient List

“Roasted eggplants, transforming into a delicious Israeli caviar”

Let me introduce you to the stars of this recipe – Israeli eggplants! One large enough to make 1 cup of pulp will suffice. You will also need 2 onions, finely chopped, and for extra flavor, 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Additionally, you’ll want to gather these ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Mayonnaise (optional)

These ingredients will comprise the perfect snack or side dish that I created based on an Israeli classic recipe called chatzilim, Israel’s version of eggplant caviar. Often found in Middle Eastern cuisine, it’s known as aubergine caviar or baba ganoush. This vegetarian recipe is versatile so you can substitute the vegetables based on what you have on hand.

The Recipe How-To

“A combination of smoky and tangy flavors”

Now, it’s time for the fun part – the recipe how-to! Here’s how to make my Chatzilim – Israeli Eggplant Caviar Recipe:


  • 1 large enough eggplant, roasted or grilled
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Cut the eggplant into two halves lengthwise and score it with a V-shape. Brush it with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle some salt on top. Bake for about 30 minutes until tender. Once it’s done, let the eggplant cool down.
  3. Once cooled, scoop out the insides of the eggplant and chop it into small pieces with a knife.
  4. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the finely chopped onions in olive oil until they become soft and golden brown.
  5. Add the chopped eggplant and continue cooking for about five minutes. Stir occasionally using a wooden spatula.
  6. Finally, season with salt and pepper to taste.

That’s it! Your Chatzilim – Israeli Eggplant Caviar is ready to serve!

This is an incredible vegetarian appetizer or side dish that will surely impress all of your guests. You’ll love the rich, smoky flavor of the roasted eggplant combined with the sweet onions cooked to perfection in olive oil. This recipe originates from Israel where it is known as “baklazhannaia ikra” – often described as eggplant spread or eggplant caviar.

Don’t hesitate to experiment with additional spices or add-ins such as bell peppers, cucumber, or tomatoes if you want extra flavor and texture in your dish.

Now that you’ve gotten the hang of making this delicious dish, try serving your Chatzilim – Israeli Eggplant Caviar Recipe topped with some fresh lettuce leaves or alongside other middle eastern dishes such as hummus, pita bread or falafel.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

Substitutions and Variations

“A vegetarian dish that everyone will enjoy”

The beauty of Chatzilim, the Israeli Eggplant (Aubergine) Caviar Recipe, is that it’s extremely versatile. You can experiment with different ingredients and flavors to make this recipe truly your own. In this section, I’ll share some substitutions and variations that you can try out.

If you’re looking for a lighter version of Chatzilim, consider swapping out the mayonnaise for Greek yogurt or sour cream. This will add a tangy flavor and reduce the fat content.

You can also mix in other vegetables to add more depth to the dish. Finely chopped cucumber and bell pepper will give it a refreshing crunch, while diced tomatoes will add a sweet and juicy taste.

For a smokier flavor profile, try roasting the eggplant on an open flame until the skin blackens and begins to peel off; this will give it a charred flavor that pairs well with Middle Eastern spices.

If you’re aiming for a vegetarian variant or simply want to cut down on fat, omit the mayonnaise and substitute with your favorite vinaigrette. This will add acidity and zest to accompany the rich flavors in the eggplant caviar.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to variations. You could also try adding sliced lettuce leaf on top for an extra layer of freshness or drizzling extra olive oil over your serving bowl just before serving for added richness. Don’t hesitate to experiment by adding your favorite ingredients!

Whatever your choice, remember that small changes can have a big impact on taste, texture, and nutrition. Make Chatzilim-your own unique twist on this classic Israeli dish- by discovering new ingredients that complement each other or alternative preparation techniques that meet your preferences.

Serving and Pairing

“Eggplants – the main ingredient in this savory dip”

Chatzilim, the Israeli eggplant caviar recipe, is a versatile dish that can be served in many ways. This delicious, smoky dip is great as an appetizer or as part of a meze spread. It pairs perfectly with a variety of Mediterranean flavors and textures.

For a classic serving suggestion, serve the chatzilim with fresh cucumber and tomato slices, topped with a drizzle of olive oil. You can also experiment with different herbs and spices, such as parsley or za’atar seasoning.

For a light and refreshing summer serving option, serve chatzilim on top of lettuce leaves or mix it into a salad with chopped bell peppers and cherry tomatoes.

If you’re feeling adventurous, use chatzilim as a spread for sandwiches, wraps or even burgers! The creamy texture and smoky flavor will add an extra dimension to any dish.

To pair with beverages, try serving chatzilim with light or fruity wines such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. For beer lovers, this caviar dip pairs well with hoppy IPAs or crisp lagers. If you prefer non-alcoholic options, try pairing it with fresh lemonade, iced tea or sparkling water.

Overall, Chatzilim is a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many ways. It’s perfect for sharing with friends and family over dinner parties or casual gatherings. Give it a try today and add a little bit of Israeli flavor to your next meal!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Time to bring some Israeli flavor into your kitchen”

One of the great things about this Chatzilim recipe is that it can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator, making it a perfect dish for meal planning or entertaining. Once cooled, transfer the eggplant caviar into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

When reheating, you have two options: microwaving or oven reheating. To reheat the caviar dip in the microwave, remove it from its storage container and transfer it to a microwave-safe bowl. Reheat in 30-second increments until heated through. However, if you have time and prefer the texture of baked dishes, you can opt to reheat in the oven. Simply preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place your eggplant caviar in a baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Be sure not to burn it as olive oil has a low smoke point and can easily produce an unpleasant taste. If your dish is too dry when reheated, consider adding a drizzle of olive oil to bring back some of the moisture.

Overall, making an extra batch or storing leftovers is a fantastic way to save time and energy without sacrificing flavor!

Tips for Perfect Results

“A satisfying appetizer that will leave your guests wanting more”

Are you ready to make the best Chatzilim Israeli eggplant caviar recipe? Here are some tips to ensure that you create a dish that is both delicious and visually appealing.

1. Roast the eggplant well – Roasting the eggplant until it is tender will ensure that it incorporates well into your recipe. It will also help give your caviar spread a creamy texture.

2. Use fresh vegetables – Using fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce leaves will add color and flavor to the dish. Fresh ingredients from your garden or local farmers market can also make a significant difference.

3. Finely chop the onions – Finely chopping the onions will distribute them more evenly through the spread and give an even flavor to every bite.

4. Allow time for cooling – Letting your dip cool completely before adding any toppings or sides will prevent wilting of any served greens.

5. Be mindful of olive oil – Although olive oil adds so much flavor to this dish, using too much will make it greasy and unappetizing.

6. Experiment with additional toppings – Add baked bell peppers, fried eggplant, or additional drizzles of olive oil for an extra touch of flavor.

By following these tips, you can create a delicious Chatzilim Israeli eggplant caviar recipe that will impress your guests and leave them wanting more. Enjoy!


Before we wrap up, let’s answer some frequently asked questions about Chatzilim – Israeli Eggplant (Aubergine) Caviar Recipe.

What is chatzilim?

Learn how to make Chatzilim, a tasty Israeli dip made from eggplant, that resembles caviar.

What is eggplant caviar made of?

Eggplant caviar is a delectable spread made from pureed eggplants, combined with a mix of spices and aromatics of your own preference. Although it is not the real deal, it can still offer the same luxurious and silky texture that caviar is known for.

Bottom Line

Now that you’ve read through this recipe for Chatzilim – Israeli Eggplant Caviar, I hope you feel inspired to try it out for yourself. Not only is it a delicious and flavorful way to enjoy eggplant, but it also offers a multitude of benefits as a vegetarian recipe option.

By utilizing fresh ingredients like olive oil, onion, and eggplant, you can create a savory and satisfying dish that’s perfect for any occasion – whether it be a lunchtime salad or an appetizer at your next dinner party. And with the added flexibility of substitutions and variations, you can make it your own and experiment with different flavors and textures.

Ultimately, the beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity and traditional Middle Eastern roots. As Israeli chef Ehud can attest, Chatzilim – Israeli Eggplant Caviar has become a beloved staple in many households around the world. So why not add it to your repertoire of go-to recipes?

Give it a try, and discover firsthand what makes this dish so special. Whether you’re hosting friends or simply enjoying a meal at home on your own, Chatzilim is sure to impress.

Chatzilim - Israeli Eggplant (Aubergine) Caviar

Chatzilim - Israeli Eggplant (Aubergine) Caviar Recipe

This is a staple at our house. We like to eat it by dragging some fresh pita bread through it by hand.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Israeli
Calories 47.6 kcal


  • 1 eggplant (large enough to make about 1 cup pulp)
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • lettuce leaf
  • tomatoes, sliced
  • cucumber, sliced


  • Place eggplant above an open flame and let it actually burn on all sides until soft.
  • Cool and peel.
  • Mash pulp with a fork until it is like a paste.
  • Add onion, salt, pepper and lemon juice.
  • Stir in mayonnaise or olive oil or 1 tablespoon of each.
  • Mix well.
  • Serve on a lettuce leaf as an appetizer.
  • Garnish with slices of tomato and cucumber.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 186gCalories: 47.6kcalCarbohydrates: 4.3gProtein: 0.7gFat: 3.5gSaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 1.6mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 1.8g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Asian, Easy, European, Free Of..., Hanukkah, Kosher, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Lunch, Middle Eastern, Potluck, Spreads, Stove Top, Vegan, Vegetable, Very Low Carbs
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