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Baba Ghanoush or baba ganoush or baba ghanouj is a smoky addictive eggplant dip made with mashed and cooked eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. It is dangerously addictive and goes well with chips, flatbreads, or as a spread on your sandwiches and wraps.

Baba Ghanoush or baba ganoush is a smoky addictive eggplant dip made with mashed and cooked eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, & salt. It is served with some pita bread with a garnish of oil, tomato and olives.


Baba Ghanoush does not have any seasoning. And if done right it really does not need any seasoning or herbs. It is super easy to make and is vegan, gluten-free and keto-friendly.


Roasting the Eggplant

Baba Ghanoush is made using roasting the eggplant (aubergines) on direct flame. Something similar to the Indian Baingan Bharta. Roasting the eggplant on the flame helps in adding a nice smoky flavor.  One of the keys to making the best Baba Ghanoush.


Infusing smoky flavor when using Microwave or Oven

But what if you are not able to roast on direct flame. You can cook the eggplants in the microwave or roast it in the oven. But this will not add the smoky flavor. I do not have a gas hob but an electric one. But I love the smokey flavor and did not want to compromise on that. Yes, the barbeque was the option, but not on rainy days.


So what I did was I cooked my eggplant in the microwave. Later I heated up a piece of charcoal. Once it is heated all over, I keep it in a bowl, pour some oil on it. Immediately close the bowl with eggplant in it. This helps in releasing the smoke from charcoal and this flavor gets infused in eggplant. 


It might not be 100 percent as it comes by directly roasting it on a gas flame, but when you do not have the sources, you need to think the other way. For me, this completely worked and we thoroughly enjoyed this as part of our Mezze platter along with some Pita Bread.

Baba Ghanoush or baba ganoush is a smoky addictive eggplant dip made with mashed and cooked eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, & salt. It is served with some pita bread with a garnish of oil, tomato and olives.


There is no fixed ratio for making this Ghanoush. All you do is add the different ingredients. Taste and adjust it as required. I love it a bit with more lemon, so I go a bit extra on the lemon juice. 


If you are making it well ahead of time or want to keep it for more than 2-3 days, do add garlic later. As we are adding garlic raw here, it might change the taste a bit.


Baba Ghanoush or baba ganoush is a smoky addictive eggplant dip made with mashed and cooked eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, & salt. It is served with some pita bread with a garnish of oil, tomato and olives.

Baba Ghanoush (Creamy Eggplant Dip)

Baba Ghanoush or baba ganoush is a smoky addictive eggplant dip made with mashed and cooked aubergine, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, & salt.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Condiments, Dips, Eggplant
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 Cups
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Equipment

  • Oven/Gas Hob/Microwave

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggplants (Aubergines)
  • 1 Lemon Juice
  • 2 small garlic bulbs grated or crushed
  • ½ Cup Tahini
  • 1 teaspoon Olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoon more Olive Oil to drizzle
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Cooking the Eggplant

  • Rinse and pat dry the eggplants (aubergines)
  • Coat oil all over the eggplants, and with a knife just a few insertions. (This method we follow while roasting the eggplant for bharta, and I did it here too. It helps in cooking the eggplant from inside evenly).
    Eggplants Ready to be cooked
  • Char the eggplant on a direct flame, turning in between.
  • You can rotate it with the help of its stem.
  • If using a microwave or oven, let it cook in the microwave (full power) or oven (at 200 Deg C) for 10-15 minutes until done.
  • Once it is done, the eggplant will reduce in size and when you insert a knife you should feel that it is soft from inside and done.
  • Remove the cooked eggplant in a big size bowl and cover it.

Adding the smoky flavour when using Microwave or Oven

  • Heat a piece of charcoal.
  • Once it is heated all over, add it in a small bowl.
    Infusing Smoky Flavour with charcoal
  • Pour some oil on it and Immediately close the bowl with eggplant in it.
  • Cover it properly so that the smoke should not escape.
  • Let it sit for around 15 minutes.
  • This will help infuse the charcoal flavor as well as the skin of the eggplant will be easy to remove.

Assembling Baba Ghanoush

  • After 15 minutes, when the eggplant is cool enough, open the lid.
  • Peel of the skin using your clean hands or you can scrape it with a fork.
    Peeled Aubergine
  • Discard the skin.
  • Now with a masher, mash the eggplant evenly.
  • You can use a blender, but it will be in puree form then.
  • Now add garlic, olive oil, salt, and lemon juice.
  • Drizzle with olive oil. Garnish with Olives/Jalapenos/Pomegranate.
  • Serve with chips, salads, flatbreads, or pita bread.
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NARMADHA

Saturday 28th of November 2020

I recently tasted this dip and loved it a lot. Loved your tip of roasting in microwave and infusing the smoky flavor.

Maria

Monday 26th of October 2020

Love eggplants and this is, hands down, one of my favourite things to cook with them. Your recipe sounds so flavourful with the addition of smokiness from charcoal. The clicks are very tempting.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

Friday 16th of October 2020

Love the idea of cooking the eggplant in MW and infusing the smoky flavor with charcoal. I tried this charcoal method for Sultani dal once. It's been ages. Between love baba ghanoush and a perfect dip for the mezze platter that you made.

Harini Rupanagudi

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Same as Vaishali. Owing to allergies I find it tough even to cook for my family. But I had this allergy right from my childhood. But I know many people who love this dip.

Srivalli Jetti

Saturday 26th of September 2020

I would love this dip and it surely makes an excellent one with pita bread right..very nicely done platter!