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Monday, January 14, 2008

Baba Ghanouj

I was going through my old photos again. I had skipped posting this one as it didn't capture the mouthwatering quality of the dish - it just looks like a dirty blob of goo in the photo... however, I decided to note down the recipe here while the taste of this dish, when I made it last, is still lingering in my memory...

We make this quite often at home, almost as often as my chutneys or salsas, so much so that D has gotten quite good at it that he whips it up usually without any constructive input/interference from me :)

While large fleshy eggplant is commonly used for this dish (and readily available in markets here), I found that Ichiban and Calliopes from my garden had a certain bold eggplant flavor that I liked.

Serve with pita chips or even simple rotis or dosai.

1-2 globe or black beauty or other large, soft fleshy eggplant
3-4 Tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
3-4 Tbsp lemon juice
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced or put through a garlic press
1 tsp Hickory Smoke Flavoring liquid *
salt to taste

* D uses this a lot in his cooking, so, we have it handy at home, and we love the smoky flavor... but this is definitely an optional ingredient

other optional items: cayenne pepper, paprika, toasted sesame seeds, cilantro (to taste)

  1. Slice the eggplant with the skin on, spray or brush some oil and either roast in a 375°F oven till tender, or, what I like to do is to char them a bit over open flame of my gas stove
  2. allow to cool a bit; remove skin if you don't care for it - I like it, so, I leave it on
  3. combine the eggplant with rest of the ingredients, a little at a time, in a blender/food processor, and pulse to desired dip texture/consistency; i like it a bit coarse, not smooth and silky
  4. taste and adjust flavors;garnish with paprika, or cayenne pepper powder and sesame seeds

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  • At 1:32 PM, Blogger meeso said…

    Yummy, I love Baba Ghanouj!!! I have never made it...I like the idea of using the liquid smoke to get that flavor.

  • At 4:53 PM, Blogger Susan from Food Blogga said…

    It doesn't look like a blob to me--it looks delicious! I love the smoky flavot of Baba Ghanouj and haven't had it in ages. Thanks for reminding me about it.


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