Baba Ganouj (Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip)

Updated: Dec 11, 2019



This classic middle eastern dip is low in carbs, keto-friendly, and is one of my go-to's when I’m hungry and trying to lose weight. It’s a great alternative to hummus for those who are carb conscious.


At the tail end of the eggplant season, I saw these on sale at the market and jumped on them right away. But when making this dip, you should make sure to get only the globe eggplants, which are the standard grocery store eggplants. I’ve tried other variations before and found that they significantly change the taste, making them either too bitter or sour.


There are a lot of variations to this dip, one of them being with pomegranate syrup or topped with pomegranate seeds, with cumin or with parsley, but this one is by far my top choice. I garnish with coriander, smoked paprika, and some olive oil. I used to make it once a week just because it was so easy to make and so delicious and healthy.


So, here’s how you do it:

Start by prepping the eggplants for the oven by poking fork holes all over your washed eggplants. This step is crucial cause it allows your eggplant to cook all the way through and to let all that delicious eggplant sweetness to permeate.


Once the cooking time has finished, you should be left with a deflated looking balloon of an eggplant. Allow it to cool for at least 30 minutes before you start peeling. When cool enough to peel, the skins should come off easily with a small paring knife. Before putting it into the blender, chop it up into smaller cubes to ensure a homogenous mix. Pop all your ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.


Ingredients:

2 Large eggplants

1 Lemon, juiced

2 Garlic, roughly chopped

2/3 cup Tahini (sesame seed paste)

½ tsp Smoked paprika

1 tbsp Coriander, finely chopped

1 tbsp Olive oil


Method:

1. Preheat oven at 400C.

2. Poke fork holes all around the eggplants to ensure a thorough cook of the eggplants and place them on a baking sheet. Cook for 45 min.

3. Let cool for 30 minutes or until cool to the touch and peel off the skin with a paring knife and cut into small chunk for the blender. Transfer all the remaining ingredients into the blender except for the olive oil, paprika, and coriander. Salt to taste.

4. Garnish with coriander, paprika, and olive oil and serve!





Adapted from Minimalist Baker

https://minimalistbaker.com/simple-baba-ganoush/



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