I have been cooking MIddle Eastern and Greek Cuisine for over 30 years, and this is an excellent recipe.
- 1 large eggplant
- 1 clove garlic
- salt to taste
- 4 TBSP. tahini (heavy sesame seed oil, but not
- the type used in Oriental cooking)
- 1/4 cp. water
- 1/4 - 1/2 cp. lemon juice (depending on how tart
- you want it to be)
- finely chopped parsley and/or pomegranate seeds
- (for garnish)
- simmaq, optional (tart, ground seasoning from the
- seed of the sumac tree)
- 1 TBSP. olive oil
Eggplant may be baked or grilled over a flame until well done -- the latter is preferable. Place eggplant in bowl and remove the skin carefully, preserving the liquid. Chop fine.
Mash garlic with salt. Add TAHINI and blend thoroughly; slowly add water, mixing well. Add lemon juice and thoroughly blend. Pour sauce over chopped eggplant. With a potato masher or mdaqqa (LARGE WOODEN MALLET) pound, mash, and blend the ingredients. Garnish edge of serving dish with parsley, placing a small mound of bab ghannouj in the center; or garnish with pomegranate seeds and chopped parsley. This may be used as an appetizer or a side dish for Lenten season.
OPTIONAL: Arabic custom is to pour a small amount of olive oil over top as well as a sprinkling of simmaq.
NOTE: For the Western palate this makes an excellent dip, especially when using small pieces of Arabic bread instead of crackers. For a dip, place all ingredients in the blender and blend together well.
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Source: Lebanese Cuisine by Madelain Farah
Submitted By: Kat