Babaganoush

Babaganoush

From   Firangi Tadka

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Dip

Type: Lebanese

Lebanese version of the popular Indian baingan ka bharta – makes an excellent appetizer

Ingredients

  • Large brinjal 1
  • Olive oil ¼ cup + 2 tbsps + to top
  • Sea salt 1 tsp
  • Garlic cloves, finely chopped 4
  • Tahini (sesame seed paste) ¼ cup
  • Lemon juice 2 tbsps
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder 1 tsp

Methods

  • Preheat oven to 200º C.
  • Quarter the brinjal. Rub each piece with approximately ½ tbsp olive oil, sea salt and sprinkle half the garlic equally on them, coating them completely.
  • Place the brinjal slices on a greased baking tray, put the tray in the preheated oven and roast for 15 minutes.
  • Bring the tray out of the oven, scoop out the roasted part from the peel and put into a mixer jar.
  • Add remaining garlic, tahini, lemon juice and sea salt and blend. While grinding, pour ¼ cup olive oil gradually and blend till you get a smooth paste.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl, sprinkle red chilli powder, parsley and pour little olive oil before serving.
Aubergine Lebanon

Aubergine Lebanon

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Dip

Type: Lebanese

Key Ingredients:

  • Aubergine

A baked aubergine dish made the Lebanese way

Ingredients

  • Large aubergine (bharta baingan), peeled and cut into cubes 1
  • Oil 4 tbsps + to grease
  • Garlic cloves, finely chopped 2
  • Onion, finely chopped 1 cup
  • Brown sugar 1 tsp
  • Salt ½ tsp
  • Dried basil ½ tsp
  • Tomatoes, seeded and cut into square pieces 1 cup
  • Refined flour (maida) 1 tbsp
  • Breadcrumbs 2 tbsps
  • Processed cheese, grated 2 tbsps

Methods

  • Preheat the oven to 180º C. Grease a baking dish with some oil.
  • Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan, add garlic and onions and saute for 2-3 minutes or till soft.
  • Add aubergine, brown sugar, salt and basil, mix and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till they turn soft and pulpy.
  • Add refined flour and mix well to avoid lumps. Cook for 2 minutes more.
  • Transfer into the greased baking dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and cheese on top. Keep the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Spoon onto individual serving plates and serve hot.