Spiced Fava-Ganoush (Baba Ganoush With a Twist!)

By Sephardi Kitchen on December 14, 2011

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    1. 1 medium eggplant
    2. 1 (15 1/2 ounce) cans fava beans, drained
    3. 1/4-1/3 cup tahini ( or to taste)
    4. 1/4-1/3 cup lemon juice ( or to taste)
    5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    6. 1 tablespoon za'atar spice mix
    7. 2 -4 garlic cloves
    8. 1 dried red chili pepper
    9. salt and pepper, to taste
    10. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F Wash the eggplant, cut off the stem and prick all over with a fork. Place in a lightly heated glass dish, and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until the skin is wrinkled and blistered, and the eggplant "deflates" slightly (it may also be grilled, if desired). It should be very soft when poked with a fork. Remove from the oven and let sit until cool.
  2. Peel skin off the eggplant and discard, roughly chop the pulp and place in a food processor or chopper. Chop the eggplant until smooth, but not liquified. Add the drained fava beans, garlic, dried chili pepper, olive oil, all the spices and about half the tahini and lemon juice.
  3. Process until smooth, taste and adjust the tahini, lemon juice, and spices if needed.
  4. Serve with pita wedges, vegetable crudites, chips, or on its own! It would be fine at room temperature, but I like it best when it's been heated up a bit in the microwave and is a bit warm. It tastes much better the day after, too!
  5. Enjoy!