Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil and salt and spread on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast for 20-25 minutes until they start to brown and soften. Remove from the oven and toss in the za'atar and remaining olive oil and roast for 5-7 more minutes or so until they are nicedly browned and crispy.
While the potatoes are roasting, make the turmeric yogurt sauce. In a small food processor, blend together all the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
When the potatoes are nearly don, it's time to make the eggplant!
Mix together flour, salt, pepper and red chili pepper flakes and put in a shallow bowl. Whisk the egg in another shallow bowl and place the Panko in a third.
Add the eggplant a few slices at a time to the flour mixture, shake off the excess and dip in the egg mixture, drip off the excess and coat with breadcrumbs. I use one dry hand and one wet hand to make the process cleaner! Repeat with remaining eggplant.
Heat a 1/4 layer of oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Fry the eggplant in batches- don't crowd the pan- for 2-3 minutes per side, adding more oil as needed and adjusting the heat if the eggplant starts to burn.
Serve a few pieces of eggplant with turmeric yogurt sauce and half the za'atar roasted sweet potatoes. Top it all with lemon, cilantro and almonds!
This recipe can easily be doubled to feed four!