Baba Ganoush is a luscious Middle Eastern dip that boasts a rich and smoky flavor. Made from roasted eggplants and a blend of aromatic ingredients, this classic dish is perfect for dipping warm pita bread or fresh vegetables. In this recipe, I’ll guide you through the traditional method of creating a velvety and irresistible Baba Ganoush.
2 large eggplants
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Extra olive oil, for drizzling
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
Begin by preparing the eggplants. Wash them thoroughly and pat them dry. Using a fork, prick the eggplants all over to prevent them from bursting during the roasting process.
Place the eggplants on a baking sheet and roast them in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes or until the skins are charred, and the flesh is soft and tender. Turn the eggplants halfway through the cooking time to ensure even roasting.
Once the eggplants are cooked, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly. Cut off the stem ends, then slice the eggplants in half lengthwise. Scoop out the soft flesh and transfer it to a colander or sieve. Allow any excess liquid to drain for about 15 minutes.
Once the eggplant flesh has drained, transfer it to a food processor or blender. Add the minced garlic, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, and smoked paprika. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
Process the mixture until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the processor or blender as needed. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
Transfer the Baba Ganoush to a serving bowl. Create a well in the center and drizzle a generous amount of extra olive oil. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
Serve the Baba Ganoush at room temperature or chilled. It pairs beautifully with warm pita bread, fresh vegetables, or even as a spread for sandwiches.
Enjoy the smoky and delightful flavors of this traditional Baba Ganoush recipe!