Baba Ganush: The most famous prayer in the world

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The more fun it sounds when you say it, the more fun it is to prepare.

Baba Ganush is one of the best and most famous prayers in the world. It originates from the Middle East, but like many other dishes, it has its variants from region to region. The Arabic Mutabal is very similar to him if not identical. In Israel, a similar dish is prepared with mayonnaise.

It is prepared from eggplant, garlic and tahini cream, and it is most delicious if the eggplant has been "smoked" a little over a fire or flame on a gas stove. If you do not have a fire, you can easily fry it in a pan or simply prepare it immediately in the oven together with the peeled garlic.

baba ganush
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This dish is ideal for parties and is served in a larger plate and eaten with white bread or buns.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggplants
  • 3-4 cloves of peeled garlic
  • about 100 g of tahini
  • a few tablespoons of olive oil
  • a few tablespoons of Greek or Turkish yogurt or labneha

for serving:

  • mint leaves, coriander or parsley
  • 3-4 tablespoons of pomegranate seeds (pomegranate)

Steps

 Step 1

Using a fork or a thin knife, pierce the eggplant in several places (so that it does not crack during cooking) and bake it on the fire on all sides. If you do not have a flame, put it under the grill in an oven preheated to 200 degrees and bake together with the peeled garlic until it darkens and the inside is completely soft (test with a fork). You will need about 40 to 50 minutes.

Step 2

Cut the eggplant in half on a board, cut all the meat and put it in a bowl. The bark is thrown away. Add a little salt and leave for about 10-15 minutes, then drain the excess liquid. Peel a squash, grate it and chop it in half with a knife or fork. Add tahini and oil and add a little salt. Mix everything well and check the taste.

Step 3

Add yogurt or labneha, mix and place in a bowl or plate. Flatten and sprinkle with herbs, mint, coriander or parsley and pomegranate seeds.

 

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