Baba what? For those of you who only know the term because of what Owen Wilson calls Vince Vaughn in “Wedding Crashers”: Baba Ganoush is a classic middle eastern dip made from Eggplant (Aubergine), Tahini, Garlic, Lemon juice and Paprika. If you love Hommus, then i don’t see how you would not love this dip! It’s really easy to make, and once you’ve roasted the eggplant (which only takes about 15 minutes) it’s just a matter of whizzing it up in the food processor, blender or hand-held stab mixer.
I microwave my garlic covered in water for about a minute to soften and make the raw garlic flavour more subtle (not quite the equivalent to the sweetness you get when you roast it)- it’s up to you if you do this step, but i much prefer it. I work in close proximity with people, and this helps reduce the garlicky odour.
Not much explanation needed for this recipe, go on- give it a try, it’s delicious! And you can freeze it too! Just use a properly sealed container and thaw in the refrigerator overnight before use.
- 1 medium or 2 small Eggplant (Aubergine)
- 4-6 cloves of Garlic
- 3 Tablespoons Tahini Paste
- 1 Tablespoon Olive oil (+ extra to garnish)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
- Place the Eggplant on a tray, stab a few holes in each side with a fork to help release the juices.
- Place under Grill (broiler) on high.
- Rotate every 5 minutes until skin is shrivelled, eggplant is soft and slightly charred.
- Remove Eggplant from grill, cut lengthways and scoop out insides.
- Place eggplant pulp in a strainer/ fine colander to remove any excess juice.
- Place garlic covered in water in the microwave for approx 40-60 seconds, or you can choose to use it raw. Drain off the water, then crush or mince the garlic.
- Place Eggplant, Garlic, Tahini, Olive Oil, Paprika, Salt and Lemon juice in a small jug or bowl.
- Use hand held stab mixer and mix until smooth (chunky is nice too). Alternatively you can use your food processor of blender (but i go for minimal washing up!)
- Garnish with Paprika and Olive oil.