A Middle Eastern dip or salad, made from aubergines/eggplant and tahini, deliciously garlicky and sublimely fresh with mint and lemon. Serve with pitta bread and salad as part of a mezze table, or pack in a leakproof pot and eat with breadsticks and strips of raw red pepper for a great picnic dish. There are many good recipes for babaganoush, but I especially like this one which comes from "Diva Cooking" by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Jennifer Joyce. As with most traditional dishes of this type, feel free to ring the changes with the herbs and quantities.
- Prick the aubergines/eggplant seveeral times with a fork.
- EITHER: Preheat the oven to 375F/190C and roast the aubergines for 30-40 minutes until they are soft and the skin is blackened. OR: Roast the aubergines over a barbecue, turning frequently, until they are soft and the skin is charred.
- Allow the aubergines to cool.
- When cool, half the aubergines, scoop out all their flesh and discard the skins.
- Put the flesh in the food processor with the garlic, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil and mint, and blitz until the mixture is puréed.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.