Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Baba Ghanoush - easy and quick

Baba Ghanoush is a tasty Middleastern dish that has become quite popular here in the U.S. It's made with eggplant, most often baked or broiled, mashed and mixed with olive oil and various spices, usually eaten as a dip with Pita Bread.

It's a delicious and easy treat to make, and I found a way to make it even easier!

Instead of broiling or baking the eggplant, and then scraping the inside from the skin which is real messy and time consuming, steam the eggplant instead!


1 large eggplant, peeled
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp tahini
1 tsp ume plum vinegar
1 tsp lemon/lime
1 tsp powdered garlic or one clove
1/2 tsp cumin
Dash of pepper

Peel and chop eggplant in pieces, steam on high until water boils, shut off and leave it for a few minutes to get a little softer. Put in the food processor (or mash by hand) along with all ingredients and turn it on for a few seconds. Using a spatula, scrape the sides of the food processor and turn it on again, only for a few seconds, so it doesn't get too 'mushy'.

Scoop it out and refrigerate in a closed tupperware. Serve with pita bread, chips, or sliced vegetables.

Hope you enjoy!