Dienstag, 24. August 2010

Baba Ganoush

  بابا غنوج
Baba Ganoush - Arabic Eggplant Crème

Baba Ganoush is one of the small dishes (Meze) served in the mediterranean and the middle east. Making it yourself is so easy and much more tasty than buying it canned up. Serve with some olives, salad, and fresh arabic flatbread (Khubz).

Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Degree of Difficulty: Easy

for 5 persons

1kg eggplant
6 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons Tahini (sesame paste)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons
2 teaspoons cummin
salt and pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (375°F) 
2. Pick the eggplants with a knife and let bake for 1 hour in the oven (200°C (375°F) )
3. After the eggplants have cooled off, peel off and discard the skin.
4. Cut the meat in chunks, then add the garlic cloves after you cut them in small pieces.
5. Place the eggplant chunks with the garlic in a bowl and use a food processor or a blender to mash it      together to a paste. You can also use a knife or a fork.
6. Add the tahini and mix well
7. Add the olive oil and mix well
8. Press the juice from 2 lemons and add to your paste and mix well.
9. Spice up with the cumin, salt and pepper or untill you are happy with the taste of your paste.

Now spread it on a plate using the back of the spoon for the little molds. Sprinkle a cross with curry (I used purple curry) over your paste after sprinkling some olive oil over it. Garnish with fresh parsley, basil or mint.

Read more about baba ganoush on wikipedia


  1. I like your presentation and photo of Baba Ganoush... If you are interested, here’s my version of Baba Ganoush http://desigrub.com/2010/08/my-interpretation-of-baba-ganoush/
    . I will like to hear your feedback on my recipe if you have time…

  2. Hi DGrub, I checked out your baba ganoush at your blog and left a comment. Happy you liked my presentation. It´s a true syrian baba ganoush and the presentation as well :D It´s tasty to sprinkle over some chopped parsley in the end or fresh mint.
    Thanks for reading - stop by again anytime :D

  3. Hello, thanks for passing by and leaving me a note. I am so happy to find your blog too.
    The baba ghannouj is one of my favorite dips too :)

  4. Hi Cherine :D thanks for stopping by :) I was so happy to find your blog too :)

    have a great day
    Eid Mubarak