Baba Ganoush- An authentic Lebanese Eggplant Dip
Hello Friends! Sorry for missing from here all this while. My work schedule had been keeping me busy with long working hours, travelling and meetings. Trying to be back in my den now, I have been missing being here.This is the place is where I belong, I love being here sharing myself with you. This is such a lovely feel.
So before I share the recipe of Baba Ganoush with you, let me take you to the place where I got the recipe from. Middle east excites me always, my very first exposure to middle east is Dubai; as it is easy and convenient to travel from Delhi with travel time way less than other countries.
While travelling to Dubai I was pretty excited to be there, coz I had a list of things to do. Dubai had always amazed me with its energy, arabic feel, beautiful infra and welcoming people. Its a glamorous playground, a futuristic city and an epitome of luxury. I got amazed with the city the moment I stepped on its grounds, a shining city with beautiful skylines is an artistic treat to your eyes. As I am a die hard foodie it’s a perfect place for me with global culinary experience.
Rooted with Islamic tradition this City is open for all traditions and community, it’s easy for newcomers and visitors to connect with myriad experiences, be it eating, dancing on the beach, shopping for local art or riding a camel in the desert. Dubai is a perfect place to be with world class experience and luxury.
On the very evening of my arrival I planned to go to Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. It is better to book your tickets before hand to avoid the hassle at the last moment. With the tallest building the premises also has Dubai aquarium flooded with beautiful marine creatures. And the part which you won’t believe is all these beautiful giant things are in a Mall. Yes! Dubai Mall, its huge..its huge..its huge..like a big sparkling land in a huge area with glamorous people all around you. Name the brand; you find it, everything one can even imagine, can shop from this Mall. Fashion is at its peak here, this is downtown Dubai; Rich, Luxurious and Mesmerising.
Here is a breathtaking view from Burj Khalifa
On one end Dubai has Atlantis, The Palm is a UAE luxury hotel resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah. It was the first resort to be built on the island and is themed on the myth of Atlantis but includes distinct Arabian elements. Then there comes Global Village which is again a must see place in Dubai. It is the largest seasonal cultural extravaganza in the region that offers visitors an amazing array of festivals, shopping, entertainment and Food.
By now you must have planned your visit to Dubai if you haven’t then think about it. If you never been to Dubai, this is the time you should definitely plan a trip and enjoy the amazing hospitality and food out there.
Well my trip ended and I am back to work and trust me a lot of work. Had to finish in weeks, assignments, presentations, meetings, projects and of course my love Cooking. Travelling is always blissful to me and when I can’t travel, I indulge myself in cooking to attain that sense of contentment 🙂
My friend took me to a Lebanese restaurant. Lebanese Village; it is those old time restaurants with authentic menu, ambience and hospitality. Feels like you are in some other world. My friend ordered all the vegetarian dishes available in the menu for me Hummus, Pita, Falafal, Fattoush, Baba Ganoush, Rice on vegetables and what not. I always love the Mezze platter and the most authentic is the one I had here at this place. If you are a vegetarian don’t forget to try the Beautiful fresh Fattoush salad and Mezze platter.
One of the dip I really liked in the Mezze platter is Baba Ganoush, since I have been a fan of eggplants from childhood. I tried making it on my own at home, thought to share the recipe with you here. It’s simple, healthy and ridiculously tasty. Do try to make your own Pita bread or sticks at home, will share the recipe for that in my next post.
While I go and push myself to work, you enjoy the recipe!
- Prep time: 00 Hrs 20 Mins
- Cooking time: 00 Hrs 15 Mins
- Serves: 8 Person(s)
- Category: Veg
- Cuisine Type: Lebanese, Café, Deli, Fusion, Middle east
- Good for: Snack, Dip, Sauce
Ingredients & Quantity
- 1-2 medium eggplant
- 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup tomato, finely chopped
- 1 small tomato, finely chopped
- 4-5 garlic cloves
- 2 tbs tahini
- 2-3 green chillies
- 1 lemon
- 3-4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
- Coriander leaves for garnish
How to cook?
- Prick the eggplants with knife or fork and put it on flame directly
- Keep flipping to make sure it is nicely roasted from all sides
- Once the entire eggplant is roasted, keep it to rest for a while
- Now peal the skin with your finger
- Take a mixer jar and put the roasted eggplants, garlic, tahini, pepper and salt
- Just make a coarse paste don’t over grind it.
- Now take out the mixture in a bowl; add onions, tomato, green chillies, lemon and olive oil
- Garnish with coriander leaves and top with olive oil
- You can keep the dip for a week in refrigerator.
- Enjoy the dip with Pita bread or vegetables or sandwiches.