Summer

Mama Ghanoush

January 20, 2011
Author Notes

If Baba Ghanoush is 'hot', this roasted version is 'hotter'! It is easy to make and tastes a 100 times better than any store-bought variety. I love roasting a whole batch of aubergines at a time, and then keeping them in the fridge, for up to two weeks. This way I can quickly make a fresh dip, sauce or soup! - Kitchen Butterfly —Kitchen Butterfly

Test Kitchen Notes

I made a double batch of Mama Ghanoush and served it at my niece’s baby shower. This recipe starts out with toasting cumin seeds and roasting garlic and eggplant so you KNOW you are going down a good path. I appreciate Kitchen Butterfly’s recommendation to add the tahini and lemon a bit at a time, and suit your own taste. I loved the flavors all blended. I used Aleppo pepper at the end and drizzled it with green lemon oil from Olivier’s and Co. and served it with lentil chips. Do watch the eggplant and garlic – mine was actually done in about 40 minutes, and I cremated my first round of garlic which was fine, I just made more while the eggplant cooled. Thirty-five thumbs UP from the crowd, including 2-year-old twins who ate quite a bit before switching to cupcakes!!! —aargersi

  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • Makes enough to feed one or more
Ingredients
  • 1 large aubergine
  • 1 cinnamon quill (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup of tahini, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pan-roasted cumin seeds, crushed
  • Aleppo pepper or cayenne, to taste
  • Finely chopped parsley or cilantro leaves, to garnish
  • Olive oil, to taste
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Using a fork, pierce the skin of the aubergine all over. Poke the cinnamon quill into one end and roast in the centre of a an oven set to the highest (mine was at 250 deg C), along with the cloves of unpeeled garlic. Depending on the size of your aubergines, you might roast for 20 or more minutes, until the aubergine is soft and the skin turns brown.
  2. Remove from the oven once soft and set aside till cool enough to handle. Prepare your food processor. Once cool, remove and discard the cinnamon quill. Then cut the soft aubergine open and gently scoop out the flesh, being careful with the skin.
  3. Put the scooped out aubergine insides into the food processor, along with a pinch of salt, half of the lemon juice, half of the tahini, the garlic cloves and the cumin seeds. Blitz. Then add some olive oil till a thick puree is formed. Taste and adjust with the lemon, tahini and seasoning and blitz to get a smooth, soft dip.
  4. Once ready, adjust heat level if necessary by stirring in some aleppo pepper or cayenne. Garnish with parsley or coriander (or both), to serve. Enjoy with pita chips or soft pide!

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Review
For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen! Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety. Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!