Sunday is our weekend day when we spoil ourselves with some good food. Most times those Sundays end in preparing some great food or some snacks. Last sunday we made this awesomely tasty Baba Ganoush! If you’ve never had baba ganoush before, and you say you are a food lover,…stop everything you’re doing, get a big fluffy flatbread and 2 eggplants and start preparing it right now!
Seriously, eggplant is something I’m really going crazy about lately..errrhh for the last few years I mean. Its flavour is uncomparable and you can use eggplant in so many dishes. When we were travelling through Asia last year we unanimously chose eggplant dishes when we encountered them on a menu. We had Indian eggplant curries so many times I can still taste them ;).
When I found out about Baba Ganoush my heart skipped a beat, you know why? It’s a super tasty eggplant dish you can make in a snap! You only need an hour to roast the eggplants in the oven, but hey.. you can just go and do other stuff during that 1 hour. Like watching puppies on Pinterest or playing Mario Kart on an old Nintendo64.
What is baba ganoush made of?
Baba Ganoush basically is made with eggplant, olive oil, sesame oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt. When you get it right baba ganoush tastes savory, smoky and smooth. There are some variations with spices or versions that add tahini. In this baba ganoush the tahini is swapped for sesame oil.
What does baba ganoush mean?
Baba Ganoush is a Lebanese dish made of eggplant (aubergine) and other ingredients. All ingredients are combined into a irresistable tasty eggplant puree. Often used as a dip.
In Arabic the word ‘Baba’ means ‘daddy’. The word Ganoush comes from ‘Ghanouj’ which means ‘spoiled’. So Baba Ganoush translates into something like ‘Spoiled daddy’ or ‘Daddy is spoiled’. So this dish is served to spoil daddy.
Is baba ganoush healthy for you?
Yes baba ganoush is a healthy dish. It is high in fibers and Omega-3 and low in calories and fat. Most of the fats are unsaturated since they come from the olive and sesame oil added in the recipe. When you don’t add too much salt, this recipe is perfectly healthy and full good stuff…and flavours.
Is baba ganoush healthier then hummus?
Baba ganoush and hummus are somewhat alike. Baba ganoush is made with eggplant and hummus is made with chickpeas. Both are perfectly fine and healthy options when you watch the amount of salt and oil. Chickpeas are rich with protein and vitamin B6 and eggplant is rich vitamins E and B. So it’s up to your taste which one to pick, although I would pick both!
Now you’ve also learned the difference between baba ganoush and hummus. Both recipes are nearly identical but baba ganoush is made with eggplant and hummus is made with chickpeas.
What goes well with baba ganoush?
Baba ganoush is perfect to serve as part of a mezze platter. Eat this eggplant puree with toasted pita wedges, fluffy flatbread and hummus. Dip your veggies in the baba ganoush, some of my favourites are cucumber, carrot and celery stalks. So serve it with hummus, some fresh vegetable salads and pita and you’re good.
Is Baba Ganoush served hot or cold?
Generally baba ganoush is served cold. Mostly as part of a mezze platter or to accompany another dish. But baba ganoush can perfectly be eaten warm if you like it. I would not advice to eat it when its still really hot, because the rich flavours won’t be as rich.
How do you make baba ganoush less bitter?
Eggplant or aubergine can be a bit bitter when it’s raw. Basically you have to cook, roast or fry it long enough. So make sure when you prepare this eggplant puree recipe in the oven that it’s perfectly soft and smooth. You should be able to scoop it right out of its skin. It should be so soft that squashing it with a fork is no problem.
How to roast the eggplant for baba ganoush?
The thing with Baba Ganoush is that you really have to keep yourself under control. When I smell the eggplant getting ready in the oven I already want to dig in..that smell..is..just..bloody..good!
When you get them out of the oven you can easily peel of its skin..and yet again..don’t dig your face in already, because the eggplant is about 350°F hot! I wouldn’t want to know what that does to your face. But you’ve been warned now! :p
When you got the skin off, cut the eggplant in chunks and put them in a bowl and just squash them using a fork. Some people like to whizz the Baba Ganoush, do that if you want it to be a smooth spread or paste! We didn’t, we mashed everything with a fork. That way you keep some bite and a few chunks of eggplant that didn’t get squashed by your fork. But it’s up to you how you like it, the recipe stays the same!
How to make Baba Ganoush?
Read and follow the recipe below to find out how to make baba ganoush from scratch?
making this baba ganoush in a nutshell:
- Roast the eggplant in the oven, scoop it out of its skin.
- Add all other ingredients and mash everything with a fork to a fine eggplant puree.
- Let it cool down and enjoy!
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- 2 Eggplants
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- Juice of 1 big Lemon
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 2 tsp ground Cumin
- 1 Tbsp chopped Parsley
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C)
- Put the 2 eggplants in the oven (yes just put the whole things in) and leave them in for 1 hour.
- Take the eggplants from the oven and peel off the skin. This should be coming off very easy.
- Cut the skinned eggplants in pieces, put in a bowl and mash them with a fork.
- Squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon, minced clove of garlic, add the Olive oil and Sesame oil, the ground Cumin and mash again with a fork until it's mixed well. (If you want a bite use a fork, if you want it to be a spread/paste whiz it shortly in a kitchen machine)
- Add Salt and pepper to taste and mix about a tablespoon of finely chopped parsley in.
- That's it, Enjoy!