Baba Ganoush Recipe – a Guest Post from Shulie of Food Wanderings

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on December 29, 2011

Hello from Tel Aviv! I am traveling in Jordan and Israel on a business trip, and have taken a few days off to explore the amazing food scene here. I will be posting lots of photos and recipes from my trip when I get back! But right now, please enjoy this Baba Ganoush recipe guest post from Shulie of Food Wanderings. Her blog is full of lovingly created food, recipes (have you seen her mouthwatering India series?) and great photos! Make sure you say hello to Shulie on Twitter and Facebook too! Take it away Shulie..

When Sala asked me to guest post for her while she was traveling, I said yes, of course. You probably remember Sala from her guest post, White Peas Sautéed with Green Mango and Coconut, in the India Series on my site. Sala is a well seasoned traveler and I cannot wait to hear her impressions from her quick couple of days trip to Israel, while she is, for the first time, in the Middle East. Sala, thank you for having me as a guest in your Veggie Belly space.

Sala wanted me to make a dish from home and Baba Ghanoush is always at the table whether at homes or restaurants in Israel. Baba Ghanoush, an eggplant dip or salad, more widely known as a Lebanese dish, is wide spread throughout the Levant, Egypt and the Balkans. The Levant is the crossroads between Western Europe, Eastern Mediterranean and Northern Africa.

There are many variations to this eggplant dip/salad that is mostly served in Israel as a mezze, starter, along with many mezzes at the table. We make it the traditional way with olive oil and tahini but some in Israel make it with mayonnaise too.  The grilling and charring of the eggplant, otherwise known as an aubergine, prior to scooping the flesh/pulp  to make the salad lends it a smoky flavor. In Arab homes in Israel and the Middle East, the Baba Ghanoush is made from a variety of an eggplant called Baladi which is probably the best eggplant variety I have ever tasted. This wild variety eggplant is sweeter and the flesh so white and delicate inside.

You can whiz the Baba Ghanoush to a dip or spread consistency with all the other ingredients in the food processor, but traditionally in Israel and to this date, we chop it in a back and forth motion with a cleaver or a sharp knife. Think of mincing meat.  Whiz or chop the eggplant to consistency desired. I add the lemon to the eggplant immediately after being scooped, to avoid oxidizing and then add a bit more, later, to adjust for flavor. Charring of eggplant can be done for five minutes on top of a stove top, outside grill or the oven broiler.

The Baba Ghanoush is a delicious and healthy dish for your Holiday or New Year’s Eve cocktail party as a hors d’oeuvre with pita chip or fresh pita wedges.

Baba Ghanoush Recipe
serves about 2

Ingredients
1 large eggplant (1 lb)
1 large garlic clove, minced
Juice of a 1/2 small lemon
1 teaspoon tahini paste (could you use an extra teaspoon according to taste)
1 tablespoon mild olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste


Garnish
Handful pomegranate seeds/arils
1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley

Method
Prick the eggplant with a fork in a few places on its surface. Grill on an out door grill or broil in an oven until charred on all sides, about five minutes.

Halve eggplant and scoop pulp. Add juice of 1/2 lemon to the pulp and stir. Mash the eggplant with a fork, or chop with a knife or whiz in a food processor. Add minced garlic, olive oil, tahini and salt and whiz/mix quickly.

Adjust the salt and lemon juice if necessary.

Serve in a bowl garnished with parsley and pomegranates seeds. Serve with pita chips or fresh pita wedges. Bon Appetit!

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1 Rosa December 29, 2011 at 5:18 am

A lovely guest post! Shulie has a great blog.

Baba ganoush is so delicious and this one looks wonderful.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Brian @ A Thought For Food December 29, 2011 at 8:29 am

I always find that these dishes… baba ganoush or hummus… require a nice helping of tahini to make them truly superb. I think people are reluctant to use it for some strange reason. This is a fabulous guest post by one of my favorite ladies ;-)

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3 foodwanderings December 29, 2011 at 8:33 am

Thanks so much Sala for having me. This recipe is perfect for New Year’s Eve and what timing with you being in Israel?! :) You cannot even imagine how curious on my tip toes I am to hear about your food and other advebtures and I hope you are having a great time! You are where I was born and raised and I am so delighted you got to explore it!!

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4 Notyet100 December 29, 2011 at 8:42 am

This looks so perfect ,will try this sometime

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5 Yaelian December 29, 2011 at 8:45 am

I love Baba Ganoush with pomegranate! I live in the Tel Aviv area and am waiting to see what kind of culinary experiences you have here.

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6 aarthi December 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

Awesome

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7 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) December 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I can almost taste the smoky, lemony dip, mmm. Shulie, your images are beautiful and you have me craving baba ghanoush at 7 in the morning! Great guest post!

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8 Baker Street December 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Lovely guest post! So great to see shulie here! Her pictures and presentation are both stunning!

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9 Lora @cakeduchess December 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Hi Sala-Lovely to see you again and visit your gorgeous blog. Beautiful post from Shulie. This baba ganoush ahs been on my mine all day. I can’t wait to make it :) Wish you a very Happy New Year:)

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10 Andrea (@FrSeed2Stomach) December 30, 2011 at 11:32 am

I make this dip a lot in the summer, when I have eggplant coming out of my ears (I always plant too much in my garden and never know what to do with it all!), but I love the touch of the pomegranate. Definately an interesting twist given that they come from a different season, although I guess it’s easy enough to find eggplant year-round now! I like to roast my eggplant and Vita-mix it with the skins (I hate wasting them), but always wonder if there’s a good reason to leave the skins out…

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11 Archana December 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Hi,
This looks amazing. I am definitely going to try and make it sometime!
I have recently restarted my blog. Please feel free to have a look at it!

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12 The Cozy Herbivore December 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I LOVE Baba Ganoush! This looks gorgeous, and I love the pomegranate seed garnish. So festive and bright!

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13 This American Bite January 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm

This looks wonderful. I was playing with an Eggplant Caponatena recipe for my food blog earlier today – sometimes I love eggplant and sometimes I hate them. I’ll be sure to add this to my “must cook” list!

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14 Soma January 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Shulie this is one of my favorites and I cannot tell you how much i can indulge with this apparently healthy little dish! I am blown away by the photographs, cannot take my eyes off them. The pomegranates are lovely here. So is your recipe, styling and composition.

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15 Vegonline March 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

Wow this looks amazing. I’d never thought about putting those ingredients together. I love the sweet taste of pomegranate seeds. We’ll make sure to try this soon.

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16 Paleo Recipes December 28, 2012 at 6:27 am

You can also use orange juice instead of lemon juice, it gives a sweet flavor and also keeps the citric taste. Also one of my favorite recipe.

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