Baba Ghanoush Recipe

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Categories: Appetizer, Condiment, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Sauce, Snack, Vegan, Vegetable

Submitted By: Jennifer from Chicago.

Baba Ghanoush Notes

This smoky eggplant dip is a great appetizer for any type of Middle Eastern meal.

Photo by the Papazian Family.

  • 1 large eggplant (1 1/4 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked hot paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • 1/2 Roma tomato, diced, for garnish
Serves / Yields

1 1/3 cups

Preparation Instructions

Pierce the eggplant in several places with a toothpick. Wrap the whole eggplant in two layers of aluminum foil, and set it over a gas burner flame (or on a hot grill). Cook, turning to get all sides, until it collapses and releases steam. While still hot, carefully unwrap the eggplant and place it in a bowl of cold water. Peel the skin off and allow to drain in a colander until cool. Squeeze the pulp to remove bitter juices, and then mash the eggplant into a puree.

In a food processor, or blender, mix the tahini with the garlic and lemon juice. Thin the mixture with water. With the machine running, add the eggplant, salt, paprika, and olive oil. Spread out in a shallow dish and garnish with Aleppo pepper, parsley, and tomatoes.

Serve with toasted pita triangles.


Helpful Hints

Easily make your own pita triangles with this recipe.

Photo by the Vel and Amy.

Quick Shopping List

Smoked Hot Spanish Paprika, Pimenton de la Vera Picante
Ground, in a glass shaker jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 2.5 oz.
Aleppo Pepper
Crushed, in a glass jar
In a 1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt 2 ounces

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Cynthia L. Said:

Susan- you can make your own tahini with toasted sesame seeds and olive oil. It's fast and easy.

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Susan McCormick M. Said:

I am disappointed for this and many recipes that I cannot buy tahini from you. Where I live tahini is as easy to find as chicken teeth. What do you suggest. Can I buy fresh tahini when I travel process and freeze?

Sue McCormick

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Louise C. Said:

I always thought that tahini was ground sesame seeds. How much do I use? The recipe sounds wonderful.

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Radha N. Said:

Though I lived in the UAE for the last 10years, and had this wonderful dish, sent by my daughter's Arab friend , and loved it, I never knew just how to go about making this dish myself. I am so glad I stumbled on this site, and very soon will be trying it out. Wish me luck! Radha Nair/Pune/India

Make it Again? Radha N. would make this recipe again.