Friday, October 21, 2016

EGGPLANT AND OLIVE DIP / SPREAD / VARIATION OF BABA GANOUCH


This is a variation of Baba Ganoush, a traditional Middle Eastern dip which is made by grilling the egg plant on direct flame, charcoal or grill, while this method is quicker using the pressure cooker. Here we have browned the sliced eggplant in the base of the cooker. When you make this version you will see how simple it is and the taste is very much the same.



Ingredients:
Eggplant .... 1 large
Olive oil ... 4 tbsps
Garlic ...... 6-8 cloves
Salt ........ to taste
Parsley .. 2 small sprigs
Tahini ... 2 tbsps
Lemon juice .. 2-3 tbsps
Black olives ... 8-10
Water .......... about 6-7 tbsps

For garnishing:
Extra virgin olive oil
1 sprig of parsley
Black olives (sliced)

Method:

1. Wash the eggplant and peel in alternative strips, keeping some for colour. Slice them lengthwise into two.






2. In a pressure cooker pour olive oil and place the eggplant face downwards and allow it to roast on low flame for few minutes.






3. Now flip over the eggplant.






 4. Throw in the garlic cloves, add a little salt and water to cook it. Close the lid of the cooker. After one whistle when the pressure builds up, reduce the flame and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.





5. Let out the steam and open the cooker Add the tahini, parsley, lemon juice and olives. Mix and check the salt.







6. Grind it coarsely using a hand grinder.










8. Remove the dip in a serving bowl and garnish with olive oil, sliced olives and a sprig of parsley.
Serve with pita bread.


6 comments:

  1. This looks really delicious and would be perfect with home made pitta bread.

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  2. Shobha like your tip of peeling the eggplant in alternate strips. Love your quicker way of grilling the eggplants. Dip looks very tempting.

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    1. Thanks for liking the dip Mayuri :)

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  3. This looks delicious. I like the idea of using a pressure cooker for softening the aubergine. This would make a great dip for any occasion

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    1. Thanks Mina.This method is faster and easier too :)

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