Baba ghanoush (eggplant dip/unfold) – Caroline’s Cooking

Baba ghanoush (or baba ganoush) is one in every of many dips/unfold that is a staple on mezze plates. This eggplant dip tastes so creamy, with a beautiful smokey taste, but it surely’s totally vegan. Straightforward, versatile and moreishly scrumptious.

Baba ghanoush (eggplant dip/unfold) – Caroline’s Cooking

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In some way, once more, I’ve managed to share little or no about our journey to Cyprus and Athens again in December. Whereas I am not about to bore you with a ton of vacation photos (perhaps only one?), I did assume it was about time I discussed at the very least somewhat. On the very least I ought to inform you concerning the scrumptious meals.

Whereas some dishes had been new discoveries (like lamb kleftiko and orange orzo), many had been issues I already new and liked. Baba ghanoush (additionally spelt baba ganoush) is a kind of.

That is a dish that goes by many names and variations throughout the area, however baba ghanoush is at the very least one of many extra frequent names for this scrumptious eggplant/aubergine dip/unfold that I might eat a great deal of (and did).

Baba ghanoush (eggplant dip/unfold) – Caroline’s Cooking

Pre-trip worries

Earlier than we went to Cyprus, I did what I usually appear to do earlier than journeys nowadays. I believe it is a terrific concept some time upfront then within the week or two earlier than we go, I fear.

Primarily I’m wondering what on earth am I going to do to entertain a toddler all that point whereas my husband is basically working. Will he be OK with the meals? Will I really feel like I am always telling him to behave? Why oh why did I believe this was a good suggestion? Then as soon as we are literally there I am so glad I made a decision to go.

This journey was completely different for us in just a few methods. It was the primary with two children, my youthful one being six weeks outdated on the time, and the primary time being primarily based in additional of a resort. Truly that final bit shouldn’t be fairly true, it was kind of a resort in Canada final February however I wrestle to think about a spot as a resort when it is chilly, by some means.

Baba ghanoush (eggplant dip/unfold) – Caroline’s Cooking

Anyway our lodge in Cyprus was a sort of sensible lodge that was nonetheless family-oriented and whereas it appeared the sort of place I might usually hate – we had been solely there as a result of my husband’s convention was primarily based there – I might definitely see the enchantment.

Having a broad children menu (together with some purees I used to be impressed to see), a buffet possibility for breakfast and dinner that was nice in addition to a swimming pool, little playground and entry to the seaside close by did assist make issues fairly enjoyable. As did the incredible pleasantly-warm temperatures, it must be stated.

Baba ghanoush (eggplant dip/unfold) – Caroline’s Cooking

It wasn’t precisely a giant seaside, nor a elaborate playground, but it surely labored for a 3 yr outdated and that was all that mattered. Plus, he liked lots of the meals.

Bread with dips for lunch is a winner with my son at the very least. Apparently, his favourite was taramasalata – do not know if it nonetheless can be if I advised him it was comprised of cod roe – however mine was and I believe at all times shall be baba ghanoush.

What’s in baba ghanoush?

In essence it is merely the next mashed collectively:

  • grilled/roasted eggplant (pores and skin eliminated)
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • lemon
  • tahini

It wasn’t really referred to as baba ghanoush in Cyprus. In actual fact I can not keep in mind the native identify, because it was at all times translated as eggplant dip/salad. It was typically extra coarse than the model I’ve made right here, extra like some comparable Persian dishes that I have to discover extra. However the core flavors are such a terrific mixture it actually would not matter.

It is not a troublesome dish to make both – you merely blacken the eggplant both on the grill, over the flame on a fuel range or you’ll be able to roast it within the oven if you do not have both of the opposite choices (though the flames do assist give a great style). Whichever approach, you’re on the lookout for it to go black on the surface and the within be tender. As soon as it cools, you peel off the pores and skin then mix it up with every thing else.

Baba ghanoush (eggplant dip/unfold) – Caroline’s Cooking

It’s scrumptious, as I say, as a dip with bread, pita chips (like these simple and scrumptious baked pita chips) or greens, however it’s also possible to use it as a ramification eg inside a pita with some lamb kofte, grilled rooster (you could possibly use rather than tzatziki in my grilled rooster gyros) or no matter else you might need or take pleasure in.

Baba ghanoush is such a scrumptious dip or unfold, and it is also each simple and fairly good for you. This model specifically would not have an excessive amount of oil, plus it is naturally vegan as properly. It has a slight creaminess from the tahini, a recent sharpness from the lemon and every thing else provides it such nice taste as properly. Take pleasure in it on bread, with veg, or unfold on rooster. Discover your excuse quickly!

Baba ghanoush (eggplant dip/unfold) – Caroline’s Cooking

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Baba ghanoush (eggplant dip/unfold)

Baba ghanoush/baba ganoush is a easy and flavorful dip/unfold, nice as a part of a mezze meal, in sandwiches.

Prep Time5 minutes

Cook dinner Time15 minutes

Whole Time20 minutes

Course: Tapas/Mezze

Delicacies: Greek, Mediterranean

Servings: 8 approx

Energy: 42kcal

Creator: Caroline’s Cooking



  • 1 eggplant aubergine
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 ½ tablespoon lemon juice approx ½ – 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tahini sesame paste
  • salt and pepper


  • If potential, cook dinner the eggplant on a grill/barbecue, turning every now and then till it has blackened on all sides and is tender inside – time will rely in your grill however round 10-15min. If you cannot grill it, you are able to do the identical by inserting it on a skewer and cooking over a fuel flame on the range or put it in an oven dish and bake round 15min at 450F/230C. In all instances, flippantly brush it with olive oil earlier than cooking.

  • Permit the cooked eggplant to chill sufficient to deal with then peel off and discard the pores and skin.

  • Place the eggplant flesh in a meals processor/blender and add the remainder of the components (garlic – chop a bit first to avoid wasting getting lumps, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini and salt and pepper). Pulse just a few instances till pretty easy however nonetheless with a little bit of texture. Attempt it and regulate seasoning to style.


Energy: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fats: 2g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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