Baba Ghanoush (Baabaqanuuj) بابا غنوج

Baba Ghanoush (Baabaqanuuj) Baba Ghanoush بابا غنوج

Baba Ghanoush

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Baba ghanoush without yogurt and tahini sauce? Well, the one with yogurt and tahini is not baba ghanoush but is known as mutabbal. Both are great appetizers and are part of mezze, a spread of appetizers served in the Levantine countries. Served with piping hot pita bread, they make a perfect start for a meal. What we like most about mezze is the sharing aspect and the accompanying conversation while waiting for the main meal.

We served baba ghanoush at our annual barbecue and even those who said they do not like eggplants, were converted. Eggplants should always be cooked through, otherwise they taste terrible and have a horrible mouth feel. We used two methods to cook the eggplants: 1) baked in the oven and 2) fire-roasted and charred on the stove. Roasting the eggplant on the stove gives it a nice depth of flavour and is the common way of preparing baba ghanoush in the Levantine region. If you wish to have just a tiny bit of smoky flavour, you can roast the eggplant on the stove for 6 to 7 minutes then finish cooking it in the oven until soft.

Most often, healthy is not associated with tasty. This, however, is one such dish. We like the fresh taste from all the chopped vegetables, the nutty taste of good quality extra virgin olive oil, the sour taste of freshly-squeezed lemon juice, and the tangy sweetness of pomegranate syrup. This on top of properly cooked and creamy eggplant.

 

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Ingredients:

(Tbsp is a tablespoon; tsp is a teaspoon)
(1 cup = 237 mL = 2.4 dl; 1 Tbsp = 15 mL; 1 tsp = 5 mL); all are level measurements

 

Baba Ghanoush:

  • 2 Large Eggplants
  • 1 Large Tomato – Semi-firm
  • 1 Small Green bell pepper
  • 1 Small Red bell pepper
  • 1 Green onion
  • ½ bunch Flat leaf parsley
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 2¼ tsp (11.25 mL) Salt – Or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) Lemon juice
  • 6 Tbsp (90 mL) Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1¼ tsp (6.25 mL) Ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) Pomegranate syrup
  • ¼ cup (40 g) Feta cheese – Optional
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) Pomegranate seeds – Optional
  • Walnuts – Optional

 

The main ingredients


 

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