Baba ghanoush is a Middle Eastern dip made from aubergines. It is very similar to hummus. I first tasted baba ghanoush a few years ago, when my friend made this dip for me when I was busy studying! My friend was born in Sudan (Khartoum) and baba ghanoush is served around her dining table as part of the evening meal.
It also makes a simple snack that is great served chilled and eaten with pita bread.
One Aubergine (makes a small bowl of baba ghanoush, for a party use two aubergines).
Low-fat natural yoghurt (small amount)
Lemon juice (just a small squeeze)
Garlic granules (a teaspoon)
Chilli powder or paprika
Peel one aubergine carefully with a sharp knife. Cut the aubergine into small pieces and place on a baking tray (tin-foil) with some olive oil for 20 minutes at 180C. (I drizzle a small amount of honey over the aubergines, I am sure you have noticed I love adding honey to food! I really really like it with baba ghanoush because I like the aubergines sweetened).
Place the cooked aubergine pieces into a blender with natural yoghurt, garlic granules, lemon juice and a little bit of olive oil. (My friend’s mother adds salt to hers. I leave it out as I prefer the taste of the garlic and honey mixed together with the aubergines. If you prefer a savory taste, then opt for salt.)
Place the mixture in a bowl and sprinkle a little bit of chilli powder or paprika over it. Leave it to chill in the fridge. And then when you feel like having a snack…pop some pita bread in the toaster, go to your fridge, take out the baba ghanoush, then dip and enjoy!