Baba Ghanoush (Eggplant Dip)

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Baba Ghanoush (Eggplant Dip)

Recipe Summary

Preparation time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 8


    • 2 large eggplants (1 1/4 lbs)
    • 2 level Tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
    • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed with salt
    • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice or more to taste
    • 4 Tbsp cold water
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • Dash of freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp olive oil
    • 1 cup tomato, chopped
    • 1/2 cup onion, diced


Pierce the eggplants in several places with a toothpick. If you are cooking indoors, wrap the whole eggplant in aluminum foil, and set it over a gas grill to cook on all sides until it collapses and begins to release a great deal of steam. If you are cooking over coals, grill the eggplant until blackened, collapsed, and cooked through.

Place the eggplant in a basin of cold water; peel while it’s still hot and allow it to drain in a colander until cool. Squeeze pulp to remove any bitter juices. Mash the eggplant to a puree.

In a food processor, mix the tahini with the garlic, onion, tomato, and lemon juice until the mixture thickens and reduces in size. Thin with water. With the machine running, add the eggplant and the salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Spread out in a shallow dish, and garnish with pepper, parsley, and tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts
Baba Ghanoush (Eggplant Dip)
Serving Size 1/8 of recipe
Amount Per Serving 
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 25
% Daily Value (DV)* 
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g  
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 2%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
Diabetic Exchange**
Carbohydrates 0
Meat 0
Fruit 0
Vegetable 2
Milk 0
Fat 0
Other 0

** Diabetic exchanges are calculated based on the American Diabetes Association Exchange System. This site rounds exchanges up or down to equal whole numbers. Therefore, partial exchanges are not included.

Reproduced from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Used with permission.
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