Baba ganoush


This baba ganoush recipe proves how easy it is to make this beloved Middle Eastern dip at home. Charred aubergines are whizzed up with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and herbs to create a smoky dip to be served as part of a mezze feast. While many modern baba ganoush recipes contain tahini, traditionally this would turn it into another dish called Moutabal, so leave it out if you're after the real deal.

First published in 2019





  • Blender


Place the aubergine directly over an open flame on your gas stove or barbecue – you can also use a grill preheated to its highest setting. Leave to char, turning every 5 minutes with metal tongs so that the skin is completely blackened and the insides have collapsed and become soft. This will take around 20 minutes
Place the blackened aubergines into a colander in the sink and gently press to drain any remaining liquid. Once they are cool enough to handle, peel the charred skin off and discard. Place the aubergine flesh back into the clean colander and squeeze out as much liquid as you can
Add the aubergine flesh to a blender along with the garlic, tahini (if using) and oil. Blend to a paste or briefly pulse to create a chunkier texture if preferred
Taste and season with salt and lemon juice
Finely chop the herbs and fold through, leaving a pinch to sprinkle on top. Scatter over the pomegranate seeds and serve with flatbreads or as part of a mezze platter
First published in 2019

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