Eggplant Onion Dip

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Recipe by bluemoon downunder

Adapted from a recipe in Jean Paré's 'Company's Coming: dip, dunk & dab, party dips and spreads'. This recipe has been descibed as "an update of baba ghanouj... sweetened with caramelised onions (and served) with pita bread chips or vegetables". I learnt also from this book that 'baba ghanouj' means 'indulged father' in Arabic! Rather patriarchal for 2009! Perhaps that's why Jean Paré has re-named this 'eggplant onion dip' - bland and politically correct! I decided to stay with this name but if anyone knows the Arabic for 'eggplant onion dip', I'll happily rename it. The cooking time includes one hour chilling time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Poke several holes randomly in each eggplant; place the eggplants on a foil-lined baking tray and bake in a 230°C/450°F/7-8 gas markfor about 45 minutes or until softened; let stand for about 10 minutes until it is cool enough to handle; cut the eggplants lengthwise, discard the seeds, scoop out the flesh and place in a food processor; discard the shells; pulse with the on/off motion until the eggplant flesh is finely chopped then transfer it to a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large - preferably non-stick pan - over a medium heat; add the onion, garlic and leek; cook for 10-15 minutes, adding sugar about halfway through the cooking time, stirring often until the contents of the pan are caramelised; reduce the heat to medium-low.
  3. Add the next 4 ingredients - salt, coriander, cumin and pepper - heat and stir for about 15 minutes until fragrant; add to eggplant; stir well until all the ingredients are well-combined.
  4. Add the remaining 3 ingredients - parsley, lemon juice and tahini - and stir well until all the ingredients are well-combined.
  5. Chill, covered, for 1 hour to allow the flavours to blend.

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