Baba Ganoush and Lebanese Flatbread Recipe

Baba Ganoush and Lebanese Flatbread Recipe

Baba Ganoush is a delectable pureed eggplant dip from the Middle East. Tahini — a sesame seed paste — with cumin is the main flavoring, giving a subtle yet significant hint of spice.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizers, Starters
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 small eggplants
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) tahini paste
  • ¼ cup (1 oz/25 g) ground almonds
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, to garnish
  • #For the Lebanese Flatbread #
  • 6 pitta breads
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tbsp poppy seeds
  • ⅔ cup (¼ pint/150 ml) olive oil

Instructions
 

  • #To Make the Lebanese Flatbread# Split the pitta breads through the middle and carefully open them out.
  • Mix the sesame seeds, chopped thyme and poppy seeds in a mortar. Crush them lightly with a pestle to release the flavor.
    Baba Ganoush and Lebanese Flatbread Recipe-steps
    Baba Ganoush and Lebanese Flatbread Recipe-steps
  • Stir in the olive oil. Spread the mixture lightly over the cut sides of the pitta bread.
  • Grill until golden brown and crisp.
  • When cool, break the pitta breads into rough pieces and set aside. #To Make Baba Ganoush# Grill the eggplants, turning them frequently, until the skin is blackened and blistered.
  • Remove the peel, chop the flesh roughly and leave to drain in a colander.
  • Squeeze out as much liquid from the eggplants as possible.
  • Place the flesh in a blender or food processor. Add the garlic, tahini, ground almonds, lemon juice and cumin, season to taste and process to a smooth paste.
  • Roughly chop half the mint and stir into the dip.
  • Spoon the dip into a bowl, scatter the remaining leaves on top and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Place the bowl on a platter, surround with the Lebanese flatbread and garnish with the fresh thyme sprigs.
    Baba Ganoush and Lebanese Flatbread Recipe-calories-nutrition facts
    Baba Ganoush and Lebanese Flatbread Recipe-calories-nutrition facts
Keyword Snacks, Spreads