I love Lebanese dishes so much because they are mainly vegan by nature and so flavourful! This Baba Ganoush recipe is healthy, oil-free, and easy to follow. The only downside of the Lebanese cuisine I see from a nutritional point of view is huge amounts of oil. That’s why I have twisted the original Baba Ganoush recipe to make it as delicious, tender, and aromatic as the original, just without unhealthy oil!
What is Baba Ganoush?
Baba Ganoush is a Lebanese spread made out of eggplant (aubergines). It is quite similar to hummus, you can use the same secondary ingredients apart from the main one- roasted or grilled eggplant instead of chickpeas.
How do you make Healthy Oil-Free Baba Ganoush from scratch?
To make Baba Ganoush at home, the first thing you need to do is to roast your eggplants in the oven or grill them until they are extra tender, almost mushy. You can easily roast them without oil, just cut them into halves and roast them in the oven, to avoid them becoming too dark, turn around them halfway.
Second, let them cool down and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Here is the trick, the original oily baba ganoush recipes recommend you to drain the whole liquid out and then add oil. But we will do it the healthy and not wasteful way: leave the aubergine flesh in a bowl for a few minutes. You can see that the liquid has separated from the flesh and then you can see how much liquid there really is.
Next, carefully scoop the aubergine out of the bowl and leave some liquid in the bowl. Then add to the blender fresh garlic, lemon juice, spices, tahini, fresh cilantro, or parsley and blend. If you feel it’s too think, add more of the saved aubergine liquid. Easy and healthy Spread ready to eat!
Is Baba Ganoush served hot or cold?
You can prepare Baba Ganoush in advance and eat it cold. Typically it is served cold, but I also enjoy it when it is freshly made – warm or at room temperature.
How long does homemade Baba Ganoush last?
If you make a big batch of it, I recommend keeping it in the fridge for 3-4 days, not more.
What to eat Baba Ganoush with?
- You can have it a dip for potato wedges, falafel, or veggie sticks;
- Use it as a spread on bread, sandwiches, and wraps;
- Serve it as a dressing for an oriental-style bowl.