- 2 large eggplants (600 g) (in season, good quality canned in winter)
- 1 cup (160 ml) good quality tahini
- 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon of garam masala
- or 1 tablespoon of curry
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- olive oil, parsley, and pomegranate seeds for garnish or sautéed pine nuts
Lebanese Style Baba Ganoush Recipe Before You Start
- Always choose high quality materials. This homemade Lebanese style Baba Ganoush recipe has only 4 ingredients. Because you use a minimum of ingredients, each of these ingredients is of the highest quality and it is important for a delicious Baba Ganoush. You can find eggplant in the summer months, but the eggplant you will use in the winter months will be uninspired, so we recommend you to use a good quality canned eggplant, made with garlic, fresh lemon juice and tahini.
- Adjust the ingredients according to your taste. When it comes to Baba Ganoush, and actually like most Lebanese appetizers, you can really adjust the proportions to make yourself your recipe. Therefore, it is possible to adjust tahini, garlic and lemon juice according to your taste and even differentiate it by adding additional spices.
- Let the appetizer rest in the refrigerator. As the appetizer cools and enters the fridge and waits, you will notice that it becomes thicker and harder. Because, in addition to the natural oils in tahini from roasted eggplant, it will identify with other liquids released, create a balanced taste and intensify.
Are Baba Ganoush and Hummus Appetizers Healthy?
Baba Ganoush is similar to hummus but is made with eggplant instead of chickpeas. Eggplant contains a lot of fiber, like chickpeas, but is higher in antioxidants and lower in calories because it contains less protein. Therefore, we can state that it is a very healthy food.
How Long Should I Rest Baba Ganoush in the Cupboard?
You can keep Baba Ganoush in an airtight container in the refrigerator for an average of 7 days. In the meantime, your appetizer hardens well – if you have just prepared Baba Ganoush, let it rest in the fridge for at least an hour before serving it would be ideal for a thicker and more delicious appetizer.
Lebanese Style Baba Ganoush Recipe Preparation
- Preheat the oven to 250°C.
- Wrap the eggplant in aluminum foil and pierce the eggplant in several places with a fork or knife. Roast for 45-60 minutes until tender.
- Take the eggplant out of the aluminum foil and let it cool for 10 minutes.
- When the eggplant is cool enough to touch by hand, peel off the skin on top of it. You can throw away the skins of the eggplant to use only the pulp.
- You can add a few burnt pieces of crust that occurred during roasting while passing them through the food processor to taste embers.
- Take the eggplant you have extracted in a food processor. Add the lemon juice, tahini, garlic and salt. Mix for 2 minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Alternatively, you can first mix the lemon juice, tahini and garlic in the robot and then add the eggplant. It works well either way.
- Let the eggplant rest in the fridge for an hour before serving.
- While serving, garnish with chopped parsley and olive oil and pomegranate seeds as a side dish. Serve with pita bread, crackers or slices of fried spicy garlic bread. Enjoy!
Lebanese Style Baba Ganoush Recipe Notes:
Storage: You can store your Baba Ganoush appetizer in an airtight container. It will last about 7 days in the fridge.
Rest: We recommend that you make your Baba Ganoush appetizer at least a few hours before you eat it (better if it is a day). As it cools in the refrigerator, the appetizer will thicken and the flavors will increase more evenly. The longest lasting part of this appetizer is roasting the eggplant. So when you open the oven for another meal, you can also roast the eggplant and take it out.
Material: Prepare this recipe using only 4 ingredients by choosing the best quality ingredients.