Baba Ganoush: A smoky puree of roasted eggplants mixed with tahini, olive oil, and various seasonings.

The following is the recipe:

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional, for garnish)
  • Paprika or sumac, for garnish (optional)
  • Pita bread or vegetables, for serving


  1. Roast the Eggplants:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Prick the eggplants with a fork several times.
    • Place the eggplants on a baking sheet lined with foil. Roast them in the oven for 35-40 minutes, turning occasionally, until the skin is charred and the inside is soft.
    • Remove from the oven and let cool.
  2. Prepare the Eggplant:
    • Once the eggplants are cool enough to handle, cut them open and scoop out the flesh. Discard the skin.
    • Place the flesh in a colander for about 10 minutes to drain any excess liquid.
  3. Make the Baba Ganoush:
    • In a food processor, combine the eggplant flesh, tahini, minced garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil.
    • Process until smooth. Season with salt to taste.
  4. Garnish and Serve:
    • Transfer the Baba Ganoush to a serving dish.
    • Drizzle with a little more olive oil and sprinkle with parsley, paprika, or sumac if desired.
    • Serve with pita bread, pita chips, or raw vegetables.


  • Eggplants: The key to great Baba Ganoush is properly roasting the eggplants. You want them to be really soft inside and charred outside for that smoky flavor.
  • Tahini: Adjust the amount of tahini based on your preference. Some like their Baba Ganoush with a stronger sesame flavor.
  • Consistency: You can make your Baba Ganoush as smooth or as chunky as you like.
  • Garlic and Lemon Juice: Adjust these to taste. Some prefer a tangier or more garlicky dip.
  • Serving: It’s often served as part of a mezze platter, alongside dishes like hummus, falafel, and tabbouleh.

Enjoy your homemade Baba Ganoush! It’s a flavorful and healthy dip that’s perfect for sharing.

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