Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Baba Ganoush/Ghanoush/Ghanouj (Smoky Eggplant Spread/Dip)

Baba Ganoush (aka Ghanoush or Ghanouj), a Middle Eastern dip, is so simple yet simply delicious - roasted and mashed eggplant, garlic, tahini, and lots of tangy lemon add upto a an unforgettable treat! Even those who do not eat other eggplant dishes devour this one! Although traditionally served with pita bread, I serve it with a basket of warm corn tortillas/chips, GF breads, and veggie scoopers for a gluten-free snacking joy.

Eggplant dips and salads inclucing Baba Ganoush are popular not only in the area known as Levant, Western Asia which is the Eastern coast of Mediterranean, but far and wide. There are delicious eggplant salads prepared in India, China, Philipines, etc.

Note: The Garlic maybe roasted unpeeled along with the eggplant for a mellow, milder garlic flavor. For a spicy version, I roast a Jalapeño Chile along with the eggplant, peel, and add to the eggplant pulp. 


1 large Eggplant, roasted whole
2-3 cloves Garlic, roasted or raw
1-2 Lemons, juiced
2-3 Tbsp Tahini (sesame paste)
Sea Salt, to taste

To Serve:

Toasted sesame seeds, Paprika, Chile oil, Parsley. etc for topping
Corn Tortillas or Chips
GF Breads
Romaine Lettuce, Raw Vegetables


Wash and dry the eggplant; place on a foil or parchment lined cookie sheet or pan. With the tip of the knife, make a couple of tiny cuts on the eggplant. Add unpeeled garlic cloves for roasted garlic and Jalapeño, if using.

Roast the eggplant in a hot (400-450 F) oven, over coals, or over the burner until the outer skin is charred and the inside is soft. Let cool a little.

When the eggplant is cool enough to handle, peel off the skin over a baking pan or platter to catch the flavorful juices. Discard the skin and stem.

Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine well but not completely pureed. Taste and adjust the seasonings and pulse quickly once or twice just to mix.

Remove the Baba Ganoush into a serving bowl or storage container.

Serve right away or store in the fridge.

When ready to serve, place the Baba Ganoush in the serving dish, garnish with a light dusting of paprika, drizzle of a little chile/olive oil, and/or sprinkle of sesame seeds and parsley, etc as you like.

Serve with your favorite accomapniments of breads, lettuce, veggies, etc.


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