Thursday, July 10, 2014

Baba Ghanouj with home-made tahini (Serves 4)

Baba Ghanouj

Mediterranean cuisine is one of my favorite and baba ghanouj is something I will never say NO to. I simply love it. I have successfully recreated the “BEST” baba ghanouj I ever tasted at home and is sharing with you all. When we were in Louisiana, there was an “Al Basha” close to our house and Friday nights were a  treat as we order food from there. They serve the best baba ghanouj I ever had and I am happy that now I can make my favorite at home. I love making my own tahini as well as I  hate those store bought ones. Its very easy and you will love it even more…

Ingredients

1. Eggplant 2 medium sized
2. Homemade or store-bought tahini 3 TBSP (recipe below for home made version)
    Salt ¾ tsp or as u need
    Freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 tsp
    Garlic 2 cloves
    Chilly powder 3 pinches
    Olive oil 2 TBSP
    Parsley or cilantro leaves half a bunch, finely chopped (I used 1 TBSP dried parsley)

Preparation

Pre heat oven to 400 F.

  • Wash and pat dry the eggplant and prick outside a few times using a fork. Place it on a baking tray lined with foil and roast in the pre heated oven for 30-40 minutes, until they are soft. We should be able to easily poke a fork or knife and should not meet any resistance, that’s when its cooked prefect. OR
  • You can directly char the eggplants on direct flame of a gas burner turning them a few times until all skin is charred.
  • Remove and let it cool a little bit.
  • Either peel off the skin and chop into pieces or split open the eggplant into half and scrape out the pulp.
  • Add this to a blender along with ingredients numbered 2 and blend to smooth.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle little more olive oil on top.
  • Serve with pita bread, or chips or spread on a toast and enjoy.
  • Notes: this can be stored in a refrigerator for up to a week.

eggplant on baking tray

after baking, skin should be wringly and soft

Blenad all ingredients to smooth

Homemade tahini recipe: yields about 6 TBSPs

Ingredients

White sesame seeds ½ cup
Olive oil 2 TBSP
Salt as needed

Pre heat oven to 350 F.

Spread the sesame seeds on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 4 minutes. Take it out and mix with a spoon and respreads the seeds. Return to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes. Immediately transfer to another bowl for preventing from further cooking. Allow to cool a bit and transfer to a blender cup along with salt and olive oil. Blend till smooth. Add more oil if required. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Baba Ghanouj

Cheers!!!
Suji

1 comment :

  1. I love making my own tahini as well as I hate those store bought ones. Its very easy and you will love it even more… Sewing Machine Judge

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