Sultan’s Delight ( Hünkarbeğendi )


Hello dear friends!  today we will share a delicious recipe for you as a Turkish foods family . We will give the recipe of Sultan’s delight , one of the stars of Turkish cuisine. This dish, one of the most favorite dishes of the Ottoman period, has managed to survive from the Ottoman period. This dish is one of the Ottoman palace dishes. There is even a sad love story. According to a rumor, in the 1800s, Sultan Abdulaziz, one of the Ottoman sultans, went to visit Napoleon and fell in love with Napoleon’s wife there. The queen, who is Napoleon’s wife, also falls in love with him. But this love is an impossible love from the very beginning. Even when Sultan Abdulaziz returns to his country, he cannot forget him. A period of about 2 years passes. And Sultan Abdulaziz invites Napoleon to the palace. And Napoleon says that he cannot come to this visit himself, but that the queen will come to represent him. Hearing this, the Sultan is very excited and wants everything to be perfect. That’s why he doesn’t like any food that is made. All the chefs in the palace , try to make the sultan’s delight at the end. And the Sultan likes this dish very much. Thus, the name of the dish remains as Sultan’s delight ( Hünkar beğendi ) She also likes this dish when it is served to the queen. It is even said that she wants the recipe.

Sultan's Delight ( Hünkar Beğendi )

Şerife Şakrak
Delicious main course recipe
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish Cuisine
Servings 4 person
Calories 467 kcal


  • Pressure cooker
  • 2 Pot
  • Pan
  • Oven
  • Baking Tray
  • strainer
  • bowl
  • grater


For meat

  • 2 spoon oil
  • 500 gram meat cubes

For sauce

  • 2 spoon oil
  • 1 spoon butter
  • 1 onion
  • 3-4 green peppers
  • 1 dessert spoon tomato paste
  • 1 dessert spoon pepper paste
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 glass of hot water
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • chilli pepper
  • thyme

For waiting

  • 1.5 kg eggplants
  • half lemon juice
  • 1 dessert spoon salt
  • water

For eggplant sauce

  • 1.5 spoon butter
  • 2 spoon flour
  • 2.5 glasses of milk
  • 1 glass of grated kashar cheese
  • salt
  • ground black pepper


  • Firstly , put the oil and meat cubes in a pressure cooker and brown it 2 minutes and close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook it
  • Put oil and butter in a pot , chop the onion and add and brown them
  • Add cooked meat on it and brown them
  • Chop the peppers and add them
  • Add tomato and pepper paste on them and continue to brown
  • Chop the garlics and put them in the mixture
  • Peel and chop tomatoes and add and brown them
  • Add water , salt ,ground black pepper , chilli pepper and thyme and mix them
  • Close the lid of the pot and cook it about 15-20 minutes
  • Put the eggplants in a baking tray and grill them in a 200-250 degrees oven
  • After grilling , put them in a bowl and wait for 15 minutes
  • Peel the eggplants
  • Put water , salt , lemon juice and eggplants in a bowl
  • Take out eggplants from the bowl with a strainer and chop them into very small piceces
  • Put butter in a pan and melt it and add flour and brown it
  • Add the eggplants and brown them about 2 minutes
  • Add milk little by little and stir them
  • Add salt and ground black pepper and stir and cook them
  • Add grated kashar cheese and stir it until kashar cheese melt
  • Put the mixture in a plate and add the meat on the mixture , you can serve


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. Unfortunately, this love has been left unfinished, even though it has led to such a good meal. And the lovers have not been together. Be sure, this meal will affect you very much, as it affected the sultans and queens of that time. You will like the harmony of the sauce made from grilled eggplant and cooked meat. With this dish, you can create a visual feast on your tables and serve this dish as a main dish. As a Turkish foods family , we strongly recommend you to try this delicious recipe we prepared for you. After trying it, do not forget to write your thoughts in the comments section.

Bon Appetit!


Şerife Şakrak

Hello friends ! I am şerife . I am 21 years old . I am a university student . My department is translation and interpreting.

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