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Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

I love food that comes with a good story; I don't know why but it always makes it so much more special to make and definitely to eat. I am not sure if this is the real story behind baba ganoush but still I think it's adorable and worth sharing. 

The Arabic name for baba ganoush translates to spoiled father, and the story tells how a young woman in her efforts to feed her elderly toothless father (baba) she had to mush all his food into a paste because ha wasn't able to chew it. 

It's a short little story that I hope is true because it's absolutely adorable and it goes to show how the role of food is so important in human interaction, and how it can make a simple act into something special and memorable.

Also, I think that women was very smart at feeding her father this concoction. Baba ganoush is one of those nutrient powerhouse foods that can be super beneficial for your overall health. The two main ingredients, eggplant and tahini, are already super nutritious on their own. 

I've been trying to incorporate tahini in my diet a bit more since it's such a good source of plant based proteins, and it can enhance any recipe with a ton of flavour and loads of nutrients. Check out my Tahini dressing recipe for a bunch of good info about this paste! 

Our second member of the powerhouse is eggplant, which is a fruit from the the southern part of Asia, it made its way to the Mediterranean where it is widely used; from there it gained a lot of popularity and it is now a well known ingredient in most countries around the globe. 

So, what's the big deal about eggplant?, you might be asking. 

This fruits are super low on calories which most come from carbohydrates, making it an incredible source of energy and among it's many benefits the ones that stand out are:

  • Reduces risk of anemia.
  • Keeps your digestive system in the right track.
  • Prevents cancer and heart diseases.
  • Keeps your brain sharp and healthy. 
  • Improves cognitive ability.
  • Prevents osteoporosis.

As you can see, there are many reasons to include eggplant in your diet, and with this baba ganoush recipe it will be super easy to do so. Personally, I think eggplant's flavour is a bit bland, so to add a tiny bit of flavour and give the original recipe a little twist, I added a teaspoon of smoked paprika; it makes the nice aromas of the baked eggplant even nicer!!

This dip is a breeze to make, you can make as little or as much as you like so it's a great option to bring to a reunion, you can serve it with some veggie sticks and it will be a sensation. I usually prepare it when I make Baked Falafel at home, we either put it inside the pita bread with the rest of ingredients or we have it on the side as a dipping sauce. 

Ingredients
7
Prep time
15 minutes
Total time
Category: Dip
Serves: 4
Allergens: Eggplant, Olives

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp dried smoked paprika
  • 2 lbs eggplant (cut in half or sliced in 0.5 inch thick rounds)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 dash ground cumin
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 14 cup tahini

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 420 F (220 degrees) and cover a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Use your hands or a brush and rub or brush the eggplant slices with oil.
  3. Bake the eggplant for about 15 minutes until the inside it soft.
  4. Set aside and let it cool down while you prepare the other ingredients.
  5. Remove the inside of the eggplant and use a strainer to extract excessive liquid.
  6. Add the the ingredients to a food processor or a blender and blend until smooth.
  7. Adjust taste before serving, enjoy!

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