Ajvar recipe originates from the Balkans region of southeastern Europe and it has a distinct taste, rich, and thick texture. It goes perfectly on a slice of bread or pastry into a savory bite.

Ajvar can be served as an appetizer on a slice of bread or soft white bread or flat pita bread with chunks of feta cheese on top.


This Serbian Ajvar recipe has a distinct taste, rich, and thick texture turn that your family and friends will enjoy.
Prep Time11 hrs
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Serbia
Keyword: eggplant, red bell peppers


  • 2 lb red bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup sunflower or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 pound eggplant 
  • 5 tsp freshly minced garlic
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Prepare the grill or barbeque by allow to preheat for 5 minutes. You can also use your oven.
  • Grill the peppers and transfer them to a covered bowl and let them aside to cool down. 
  • Peel of the skin, cores and seeds from the peppers.
  • Pierce the skin of eggplant with a fork in few places to prevent smashing all over due to the heat. Grill the eggplant until its skin darkens and rotate it from all sides.
  • Transfer the eggplant to a plate and let it cool then split lengthwise, remove the top off eggplant and peel of the skin and remove seeds inside with a spoon.
  • Use a food processor to roughly chopped the roasted red peppers, eggplant, and garlic.
  • Then add in vinegar and oil, and season with salt and continue pulsing until the peppers are finely chopped.
  • Place a saucepan over medium-high heat then transfer the content from the food processor and reduce to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes. Don't forget to check and stir from time to time to be sure doesn't stick.
  • When ready turn off the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with bread.

Inspiration and adaptation: serbia.com, serbiancookbook.com

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