Baba Ganouj - Eggplant Dip With Sesame Oil

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

Middle Eastern eggplant and sesame dip/spread. This is my variation of my father's recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 medium dark-skinned eggplants (pierced with fork to let steam escape)
  • 4 -5 garlic cloves, to taste
  • 6 tablespoons tahini (Arabic sesame paste)
  • 4 lemons, juice of
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 dash hot red pepper, to taste (cayenne)
  • chopped parsley (for garnish) (optional)
  • toasted pine nuts (for garnish) (optional)
  • pomegranate seeds (for garnish) (optional)


  1. Broil eggplants with skin on, turning frequently, until skin is lightly charred and eggplants are fairly soft.
  2. Alternately, slice eggplants in half lengthwise and place on an oiled cookie sheet.
  3. Broil in oven or bake at 450oF until fairly soft.
  4. Allow to cool enough to be handled.
  5. Remove most of skin, and mash eggplant.
  6. If you don't mind a little grayness in the color, allow a little charred skin in with the pulp; it will add a pleasant smoky flavor.
  7. Fit food processor with steel blade.
  8. With machine running, drop in garlic cloves.
  9. Add tahini, lemon juice, and water; blend until thoroughly combined.
  10. Add eggplant, and pulse until coarsely pureed.
  11. Add salt and red and black pepper to taste.
  12. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours for flavor to develop.
  13. Adjust seasonings, including tahini if desired.
  14. Garnish with parsley, pine nuts, and pomegranate seeds as desired.
  15. Serve with pita bread or veggies.
Most Helpful

Yum! This is a great alternative to hummus. I had fun making it work in my blender, since I don't have a food processor (though I had to add more liquid in order to get it to blend properly). The garnishes are a good idea, since baba ganouj ends up looking a bit unappetizing, even if it tastes great!!

Katherine the Great November 20, 2007

Tasty! Though I would lessen the amount of tahini. And I did only use 4 tablespoons I thought it was a bit overpowering. The garlic was perfect. My lemons were very large so I used 3 which was strong with lemon as well. I added cumin and cilantro after tasting it without and enjoyed it very much with them added. The cumin added a nice smokey taste and the cilantro added a very fresh flavor. Topping it with pomegrante seeds is a nice touch. Hope you enjoy the picture.

Rita~ January 29, 2005