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Easy Smoky Eggplant Dip (Baba Ganouj)

A Simple, Flavourful Mediterranean Delight

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 6
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Baba Ganouj is not just a dish; it's a celebration of Middle Eastern culinary traditions, embodying the essence of Lebanese hospitality and the region's rich agricultural heritage. This smoky eggplant dip, known for its creamy texture and distinctive flavour, is a testament to the simplicity of Mediterranean cuisine, where fresh ingredients and straightforward cooking techniques come together to create dishes that are both nutritious and flavourful.

The Cultural Significance of Baba Ganouj

In Lebanese culture, mezza (an assortment of appetisers) plays a crucial role in social gatherings and family meals, and Baba Ganouj is a staple in this culinary tradition. Its origins are deeply rooted in the Levant, where eggplants are abundant and have been used in cooking for centuries. Baba Ganouj is more than just a dip; it's a dish that brings people together, served at the start of a meal to stimulate conversation and appetite.

A Closer Look at the Ingredients and Preparation

The key to achieving the dip's signature smoky flavour lies in grilling the eggplants over an open flame until the skin is charred and the flesh is tender. This method not only imparts a deep, smoky aroma but also softens the eggplant, making it easy to blend with the other ingredients.

Tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds, adds a creamy texture and nutty flavor to the dip, complementing the smokiness of the eggplant. The addition of lemon juice and garlic enhances the dip's complexity, introducing a refreshing acidity and a slight pungency that elevates the overall taste.Vinegar's subtle sharpness cuts through the richness, making each bite as refreshing as it is satisfying.

Make-Ahead and Storage Tips

Baba Ganouj's ability to be made ahead of time is another reason for its popularity. When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the flavours continue to meld and develop, often tasting even better the next day. Freezing is also an option for longer storage, although it may affect the texture slightly upon thawing. Nevertheless, a quick stir can usually restore its creamy consistency, ensuring that the dip remains a convenient and delicious option for impromptu gatherings or meal prep.

Whether you're hosting a dinner party, looking for a healthy snack, or simply want to add a new recipe to your culinary repertoire, Baba Ganouj is a choice that promises to delight.



  1. Grill the Eggplants:

    Begin by poking the eggplants with a knife. Grill them on each side for 3-5 minutes until the skin is charred and easy to peel. This is crucial for that smoky flavour.

  2. Peel and Drain:

    Let the eggplants cool slightly before peeling under running water. Drain the peeled eggplants in a colander to remove excess water, for about an hour or overnight in the fridge for the best texture.

  3. Blend Ingredients:

    Mash the garlic with salt in a mixing bowl, then add the eggplants. Blend into a smooth paste, then mix in the tahini, lemon juice, and white vinegar.

  4. Serve and Enjoy:
    Garnish your Baba Ganouj with a drizzle of olive oil and serve with your choice of fresh Lebanese bread, toasted pita, or as a side dip.


Make-Ahead and Storage: Baba Ganouj can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days, making it perfect for meal prep or unexpected guests.
Keywords: Baba Ganouj recipe, Smoky eggplant dip, Lebanese appetizer, Mediterranean vegan dip

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can You Freeze Baba Ganouj?

Yes, Baba Ganouj can be frozen. Though its consistency may change slightly, the flavour will remain rich and smoky. Stored properly in a freezer bag or storage container, it should keep for up to three months. The dip may separate a bit after thawing, but a quick stir will bring back its creamy texture.

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