Baba Ganoush is a popular Levantine dip made from smoked aubergines. A frequent fore runner to an Arabic main course, it is delicately flavored with garlic, lemon juice and tahini, and eaten with baked pita chips, pita bread or khoobz. It is healthy, vegan, gluten free and delicious.
‘Baba’ in Arabic means ‘father’ and Baba Ganoush could be poetically translated into ‘daddy’s darling’ or ‘pampered father’.According to Middle Eastern food lore, it alludes to an elderly, toothless father – or baba – whose daughter had to mash his food because he wasn’t able to chew it. I will stick with the former translation ‘daddy’s darling’ and dedicate this deliciously healthy dip to my father.
A girl’s relationship with her father is one of the most precious ones in her life and even when she grows up and moves on with her life she will always be a little princess in her daddy’s eyes.
All the daddies and daddy’s girls…enjoy this heart touching song while I go prepare the smoky appetizing dip…
As with most other foods, even with this dish, balancing of flavors is very crucial. We can not let any ingredient over power the rest of them. The aubergines are either roasted directly over a gas flame or they are baked in an oven till soft. I personally prefer roasting them over a flame because it gives the signature smokiness to the dish.
- 1 large eggplant
- 2 large cloves garlic
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- salt to taste
- 1 pinch red chili powder for sprinkling (optional )
- 1 pinch ground cumin powder ( optional )
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Place the aubergine directly over a medium gas flame. keep turning it occasionally till the skin gets evenly charred and crisp. remove from flame and let it cool. Slit it open vertically into two halves. Gently scoop out the flesh and place it in a bowl. Mash it with the back of a fork. Now add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Adjust seasonings according to taste. Drizzle another tablespoon of olive oil before serving. You can sprinkle paprika or red chili powder if desired.
Serve with baked pita chips/pita / khoobz or any other flat bread. Use it as a sandwich or tortilla spread. Its versatility is what makes it so immensely popular.
You can store it in a refrigerator in an air-tight container but remember to serve at room temperature.