Baba Ganoush (Eggplant Dip for Pita)

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush is the perfect side dish to go with Pita. It is made of mashed egg plant.

INGREDIENTS

  1. 4 medium eggplants
  2. 1 or 2 garlic cloves salt
  3. Fresh mint chopped
  4. Olive oil
  5. Tahini (optional)

DIRECTION

  • Cut the eggplants in half.
  • Sprinkle some salt on them, and let them rest for a while (this will help get rid of the bitter taste they have.
  • If any dark liquid appears in the surface, rinse it, that’s what tasted bitter).
  • Put them in the oven (with peel and all) until they are well cooked (depending on the eggplant size, from 20 to 30 minutes).
  • Let them cool, peel them off, put the eggplant in the blender, adding salt, garlic, and mint (that can be replaced by any other herb if desired).
  • Add only a little bit of olive oil.
  • If desired, add tahini, too.
  • Blend it, and accompany with pita bread.

How to prepare tahini paste?

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of 2 lg. lemons
  • 1/2 c. tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • Pinch of ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley

Crush the garlic and salt together.
Mix with a little lemon juice and blend with the tahini.
Add the cumin and remaining lemon juice to form a smooth paste, like peanut butter.
Use more garlic if you want the tahini to taste stronger.
If it is too thick, reduce it with water.Use the blender for best results.

 

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