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Mint Infused Baba Ganoush

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When I stumble upon tasty food like this, I often wonder who came up with this recipe? Who decided that burning a whole ripe plump Aubergine over a naked flame until it resembles a deflated balloon, would make a gorgeously smooth creamy dip? Or was it discovered by accident as I like to think most popular dishes are; it gives a recipe instant legendary status when a trail of unlikely events are attached to its discovery. I’m not satisfied with the vague tale that Royalty had something to do with its invention, especially as the same dish is enjoyed in a variety of ways from Lebanon to Bangladesh, nevertheless it certainly has high status in my regard.

One of the translations for Baba Ganoush is “pampered or spoiled father“, well I definitely felt like somebody’s favourite after eating this with some roasted sweet potatoes and chicken kebabs I’d made.

The process of roasting the Aubergine is just fun to do: the smell the sweet skin burning brings back memories of roasting potatoes on Bonfires in November; watching the wafer thin ash pieces float into the midnight sky. You know the Aubergine is cooked when it feels tender and the skin is wrinkly to touch.

Be careful peeling and scooping out the flesh not to mix any of the ash into the pulp as the bitter taste will ruin the dish (I learnt this the first time I made it). The smoky flavour runs right through the stringy flesh, so you won’t lose anything.

If you want, why not try blending in fried onions, garlic and ‘warm spices’ to the mix as they do in certain parts of Asia? I regularly see it served with hot flat bread, onion salads and grilled meats or falafel.

 

Mint Infused Baba Ganoush

Ingredients:

1 large Aubergine

1/2 cup of Low Fat Greek Yoghurt (optional)

2 tbsp of Tahini paste

2 crushed garlics

1/2 lemon juiced

Pinch of Salt/pepper (season)

Pinch of Smoked Paprika (garnish)

2 tbsp of freshly chopped mint leaves

Drizzle of Olive Oil

 

Char the Aubergine over an open flame of a gas cooker, turning it every couple of minutes with tongs until the skin starts to blacken, crisp, peel, deflate and  get very soft. This should take 5-6 minutes. Then take the Aubergine off the fire and allow it to cool.

Slit the Aubergine down the middle from top to bottom and scoop the middle out, into a bowl carefully avoiding the burnt skin. Then with a fork mash the aubergine roughly, it should break up very easily. Then transfer all the remaining ingredients except the garnish into the same bowl and mix well. Season to taste.

Transfer the dip into a serving bowl and garnish with the paprika, create a moat with a knife around the dip and drizzle olive oil through it.

 

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  1. Pingback: Yoghurt Marinated Chicken Kebabs | Love Loretta's Kitchen

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