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Turkish Eggplant Salad (Baba Ganoush)

Turkish Eggplant Salad (Baba Ganoush)

The creamy eggplants and the combined flavor of sesame and garlic go so well together!
In Turkey, this dish is served as an appetizer, commonly accompanied by hummus (chickpea dip).

Ingredients: a manageable amount

Eggplant
500 g
Vegetable oil
as needed
Lemon juice
1 teaspoon
Tahini (or white sesame paste)
1 tablespoon
Olive oil
1 teaspoon
Grated garlic
1 clove
Salt
about 1/4 teaspoon
Parsley
lots

Steps

1. Cut the tops off the eggplants and cut in lengthwise halves. Coat the frying pan thinly with vegetable oil, and place the eggplants with the cut surface facing down.
2. Heat the frying pan over medium heat. Add some water (about 2 teaspoons) and cover the pan. Lower the heat and steam for 20 minutes. Turn the heat off, and cook with residual heat for 10 minutes.
3. Remove the eggplants from the pan. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
4. Mince the eggplant flesh roughly, and immediately add the lemon juice.
5. Season with tahini, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Add a lot of finely chopped parsley.
6. Dish it up and serve.
7. Enjoy it with some tortillas.
8. When I had this dish at a restaurant, it was served with a scoop of yogurt.
9. Lebanese eggplant salad tastes lighter, as it doesn't use any tahini.
10. The Lebanese recipe uses yogurt instead of lemon juice and tahini. Chop it up roughly, or use a blender to make it a purée.
11. I made mine without any garlic so that it tastes refreshing - perfect to eat during the summer.
12. Make a dent and fill it with olive oil... It feels just like you're at a Lebanese restaurant.

Story Behind this Recipe

I saw this recipe in a Turkish cookbook. This specific recipe is my own variation, as I changed the original recipe slightly to make a manageable amount with revised procedures.