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What Is Baba Ganoush?

Baba Ganoush is a velvety Middle Eastern dip, brimming with the smoky flavors of charred eggplant, tahini, garlic, and lemon. This culinary delight is not only a dip but a versatile spread, perfect for health-conscious foodies. Its creamy texture and rich taste make it a crowd-pleaser. Ready to discover how it can elevate your meals and snack times?
A Kaminsky
A Kaminsky

Baba ganoush is a Middle Eastern dish that varies depending on where it is prepared. Its primary ingredient is eggplant, which makes it easy to prepare in the United States. In Syria and other parts of the Levant, baba ganoush is something of a salad. It includes chunks of grilled eggplant, diced onion, tomatoes and other seasonal vegetables. The ingredients are tossed together with a pomegranate vinaigrette.

The second kind of baba ganoush is found in other sections of the Middle East. In this variation, the eggplant is grilled, then scooped out of the skin. The vegetable is pureed with tahini to make a paste. It is then seasoned and eaten as a spread or dip. The seasonings used are left up to the cook’s imagination, but popular seasonings include garlic, parsley, lemon juice, salt, cumin and even mint. Other cooks use ground coriander and top the dish with red pepper or paprika.

Ground cumin, which is used to flavor baba ganoush.
Ground cumin, which is used to flavor baba ganoush.

Like many ethnic dishes, forms of baba ganoush change depending on location, and are even seen outside the Middle East. It is something of a “transitional” dish that has made its way into Greek and other Mediterranean cuisines. It has even traveled down to Egypt and Ethiopia!

The trickiest part of making this dish is probably roasting the eggplant. Some people always fry eggplant or bake it in something like eggplant parmesan, but roasting it is a good option, too. To roast an eggplant, first wash the vegetable and pierce the skin. Place it on aluminum foil on a baking sheet under the broiler and keep an eye on it. Turn the vegetable once, and remove the eggplant when it is oozing and black on all sides. Put it in cold water, then peel or slice it and scoop out the contents for the baba ganoush.

Baba ganoush can be eaten with pita chips, spread on flatbread or used in a wrap for a tasty, healthier condiment. It can be used in place of mayonnaise or salad dressing.

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anon20559

about roasting eggplant:

1. do not forget to pierce it... otherwise it explodes :)

2. after roasting, place it in closed bag plus salt. let rest for 15 minutes. peeling will be a breeze.

easy way of serving roasted eggplant: puree using blender or wooden spoon. mix with diced onion. refrigerate. serve with tomato slices on top.

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    • Ground cumin, which is used to flavor baba ganoush.
      By: marylooo
      Ground cumin, which is used to flavor baba ganoush.
    • Ground coriander seeds are a common ingredient in baba ganoush.
      By: areif
      Ground coriander seeds are a common ingredient in baba ganoush.
    • Garlic is a popular baba ganoush seasoning.
      By: Schlierner
      Garlic is a popular baba ganoush seasoning.
    • Parsley is a popular seasoning for baba ganoush.
      By: Barbara Pheby
      Parsley is a popular seasoning for baba ganoush.
    • Baba ganoush is an eggplant dish popular throughout the Middle East.
      By: www.doglikehorse.com
      Baba ganoush is an eggplant dish popular throughout the Middle East.
    • Mint can be added to baba ganoush for additional flavor.
      By: margo555
      Mint can be added to baba ganoush for additional flavor.