There is no doubt that Lebanese food has its own distinct qualities that make it popular and delicious among the living. Apart from carrying the most unique and innovative names, the ingredients of the meals too are very creatively chosen to enhance the taste and give it the pinch of magic. Hence, here we bring to a recipe, one of a kind of a famous Lebanese dish Baba Ghanoush.
This middle eastern dip is no doubt is as unique as its name not only because it has a dynamic combination of eggplant and sesame seeds that turn into a creamy and paste but also because of the healthy elements it contains, as eggplants are rich in fiber, while also containing the antioxidant nasunin, which helps to improve the brain’s blood flow. Also, the exciting fact is that it’s super simple to whip up and that it’s vegan, gluten-free, and keto-friendly. Baba Ghanoush originated from the Middle East, but its enriched taste made it famous far and wide where today millions of people enjoy it.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines “baba ganoush” as “a Middle Eastern (originally Lebanese) dish of puréed roasted aubergine, garlic, and tahini.” Well, now people often include other ingredients like mint, onions, and various spices. Oxford’s first citation for the use of the term in English is from Scudder Middleton’s book Dining, Wining, and Dancing in New York (1938): “The meal begins with sesame seed, ground to a paste and mixed either with eggplant or simple oil and lemon juice and called either Babba Gannouge or Hommes Lit Tahena.”
The way of preparing baba ghanoush may differ in accordance with the region or country you belong to, but in essence, the ingredients usually remain the same to maintain the rich taste of it. Though baba ghanoush is a thick paste, it has proven to be low-calorie healthy food.
So here we start the amazingly creamy and authentic recipe of baba ghanoush to satisfy your hunger and benefit our health
- 3 Medium eggplants
- olive oil
- 2 Cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1/2 tsp chili powder (Optional)
- 1 tsp cumin
- extra virgin olive oil
- 2 lemons
- Salt (To taste)
- Make sure to preheat your oven before getting to work for the sake of saving time. Also, make sure to have all your ingredients present at the time of making the dip.
- Broiling the eggplants would char the skin of it, which would help in roasting the eggplants easily. The very first step you’ll take is to broil the eggplants. This step lightly chars the outsides of the eggplant, which adds a smoky flavor. You can also char the skin of the eggplants using a grill or even a gas burner.
- The essence of a delicious Baba Ghanoush is the tenderness of the eggplants. The next step is to roast the eggplants. Roasting an eggplant can be tricky and time-consuming as the roast time would vary according to the size of the eggplant. The traditional way to roast the eggplant is that you can wrap the eggplant in ab aluminum foil and place it in the preheated oven. Once it’s soft to the touch and wrinkly, you may remove the flesh and pulp to use in the dip, and discard the skin. The color and texture of the eggplant will help you judge whether it’s done or not.
- The next and most important step is to mix all the ingredients together. Now the way of the mixing procedure can be distinctive. You can either blend the tahini, garlic, and lemon juice first to get a smooth and creamy sauce and then just pulse the roasted eggplant, or you may blend everything together at once. You could use a blender or a food processor to get the work done. The consistency of the dip depends on how you want it. Some people like it chunky and thick, and some prefer a little light and soft. No matter how you make it, the creamy and delicious taste would definitely be the element of satisfaction for you.
- As you can all realize now that making baba ganoush is super easy and fast. Not only that, this dip would say that it’s perfect for lunch and snacks. It would taste the best if served with pita bread, but you can have it with any other kind of meal according to your preference.
Serving: This recipe is meant to treat approx. 4-6 people. If you wish to cook for a larger army, make sure to increase the quantity and ratio accordingly.
High-quality ingredients: Try to use the best quality ingredients for this recipe. There are only 4 ingredients in a baba ganoush recipe. Because of the minimal items, it’s important that each of those ingredients is of high quality. That means fresh garlic, fresh lemon juice, and tahini made with only sesame seed paste.
Taste enhancement: You can conveniently enrich the taste of the dip by adding the quantity of any specific ingredient as you wish. You can also add salt as per your taste if you prefer it a little salty.
Cool the dip: as soon as you place the dip in the fridge, you’ll realize that it would become thicker and richer in taste. So let it settle down before you enjoy the taste of it.
Storage: In case you have any leftover baba ganoush after completing your dinner, you need to worry as you can conveniently store your dip in a closed Tupperware for up to 2-3 days. If the weather is very hot, try not to store the food for more than a day.
Nutrition: Please note that the labels of nutrition are just based on an estimate. It may vary based on specific ingredients used while cooking.
- Calories 64 3%
- Fat 6.2g 9%
- Saturates 0.9g 5%
- Sugars 1.3g 1%
- Salt 0g 0%
- Protein 1g 2%
- Carbs 1-5g 0%
- Fiber 1.4g