Middle Eastern Baba Ghanouj

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Toast whole cumin seeds in a dry pan until they give off a slight smoke and brown slightly, about 2 minutes over medium heat. Pulverize them in a coffee grinder. If you are using powdered cumin, just give it a quick toast in a dry pan until it becomes highly fragrant, about 1 minute.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium eggplant, halved
  • 1 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 tsp. toasted cumin powder
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. chopped parsley

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place eggplant halves on a baking sheet and roast 1 hour until soft. Cool 10 minutes, then scoop pulp into a bowl.
  • In a food processor, chop the garlic until it sticks to the walls of the processor bowl. Add eggplant pulp, tahini, salt, pepper, cumin, and 3 tablespoons lemon juice. Process until smooth, gradually drizzling ¼ cup olive oil.
  • Transfer dip to a serving bowl and top with remaining olive oil. Garnish with paprika and parsley.

Recipe Information

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium eggplant, halved
  • 1 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 tsp. toasted cumin powder
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. chopped parsley

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place eggplant halves on a baking sheet and roast 1 hour until soft. Cool 10 minutes, then scoop pulp into a bowl.
  • In a food processor, chop the garlic until it sticks to the walls of the processor bowl. Add eggplant pulp, tahini, salt, pepper, cumin, and 3 tablespoons lemon juice. Process until smooth, gradually drizzling ¼ cup olive oil.
  • Transfer dip to a serving bowl and top with remaining olive oil. Garnish with paprika and parsley.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories210
Total Fat17g
Saturated Fat2g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium860mg
Total Carbohydrate15g
Dietary Fiber5g
Sugars5g
Protein3g