Baba Ganoush – Eggplant Dip

Baba Ganoush – Eggplant Dip

Baba Ganoush is a typical Middle Eastern eggplant dip eaten normally with some of the delicious pita or flatbreads as a starter or appetizer.

Similar to hummus but the main ingredient is roasted eggplant.

It is done really quickly and you can experiment with ingredients and add your favorite seasonings – coriander, parsley, sesame or cumin seeds… whatever you like.

This Baba Ganoush recipe is a simplified version with only basic ingredients and minimal effort needed.

Nevertheless, the taste is just amazing.

Baba Ganoush dip

Baba Ganoush - Eggplant Dip

Prep Time10 mins
Active Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings - 4

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • fresh juice of 1 lemon
  • clove garlic - finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley - finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper

Instructions

  • Cut the eggplants in halves (lengthwise) and brush the cut sides with olive oil.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven at 210º C for 20/25 minutes
  • Once they are done, let them cool down for a few minutes
  • Peal the eggplants - using a spoon, remove the flesh from the skin and place it into a bowl
  • Let drain the excess of water for few minutes
  • Once the eggplant flesh is drained and cooled down, place it in a bowl together with the rest of the ingredients (garlic, tahini, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice)
  • Stir all with a fork smashing the eggplant and combining it with the rest of the ingredients (you can use a hand mixer, mortar and pestle or simply smash it with a fork)
  • Taste and add some more spices if needed
  • Sprinkle some parsley and drizzle of olive oil on top
  • You can also use some sesame or cumin seeds if you like
  • Serve with some pita, flatbread, chips, fresh vegetables such as carrot, cucumber and/or paprika

Notes

You can make it with or without tahini
Parsley and smoked paprika can be replaced with some other spice as per choice
Alternative seasoning:
  • coriander
  • cumin seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • sweet paprika

Baba Ganoush - Eggplant Dip - Recipe steps

This recipe is great as a starter or appetizer or as a side dish to any meat meal.

You can pair it with some breadsticks or tortilla chips and it will be a great contribution for the movie nights, bbq gathering with friends and family or as a quick (and healthy) snack for your kids.

If you feel like going a step further, you can even make some flatbread to make it a full pack.

Home-made chapati bread might be a good choice.

Also, you can make a hummus marathon (something that we like to do) and prepare few other variations of hummus, such as Carrot Hummus or Red Paprika Hummus.

If you decide to do so, your afternoon snack may turn into a complete dinner.

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  • This looks delicious! I’m going to have to try it. I generally prefer hummus if I have to choose just one. But, my preference is to have several dips to vary things up and baba ganoush is my second favorite!

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