The Best Baba Ganoush Recipe
Baba ganoush is a classic middle eastern eggplant recipe. Charred eggplant mixed with tahini makes a delicious dip that you can make in 30 minutes!
Servings: 4 servings
- 2 large eggplants
- ⅓ cup tahini
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 lemon juice of
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tsp sumac optional
Wash and dry the eggplants. Pierce the skin with a fork or a knife.
Turn on the gas stove and set it to high. (Directions for electric stove and roasting are in the notes)
Place the eggplants on the burners and char them. Flip every few minutes so the cook evenly on all sides. This would take about 15 minutes depending on the size of the eggplants. The eggplants are ready when the skin is charred and peeling and the flesh is soft and tender.
Place the eggplants in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap so they sweat and cool.
Once the eggplants have cooled completely, peel the skin and discard. If the skin is not coming off easily, peel the eggplants under running cold water.
Place the eggplants on a cutting board and chop them finely using a knife.
In a bowl, mix the chopped eggplant with tahini, minced garlic, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Transfer the baba ganoush to a serving bowl, top with olive oil and sumac. Serve with pita chips, pita bread or lavash.
- The secret to a delicious baba ganoush is to make it at least on hour before serving. This will help the flavors combine better and gives this delicious Middle Eastern appetizer a better texture.
- You can find fire roasted eggplant in Turkish and Middle Eastern supermarkets as well. Store bought roasted eggplant will speed up this recipe.
- For more flavor, you can mix in a tablespoon chopped parsley.
- As mentioned before, baba ganoush is typically made with eggplant that's cooked over open flame so it gets that nice smoky flavor. However, if you don't have access to open gas flame, you can roast the eggplant in the oven.
- If you like to char the eggplant on your electric stove, you need to get one of these smokeless indoor grills (affiliate) that you can use over the burner.
- Be sure to use a good quality tahini. Stir the tahini well before adding it to the eggplant.
Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 653mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg