Sunday, October 19, 2008

Babaganoush


Spring is a great time for dips and salads, so today in celebration of the warm weather we had a salad. Roquette, cos lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red capsicum and tuna with lashings of babaganoush on top.
The best thing about cooking babaganoush is you get to be a bit primitive, charring the eggplant on the open flame. I remember my surprise at the smoky flavour of this dip on my first encounter and I'm not sure that I immediately loved it. But I char with gay abandon these days filling the kitchen with an aroma reminiscent of marijuahna burning (so I am told). 
The smoky richness of babaganoush goes well with salads, barbecued meat and fish, especially lamb or just plain old carrot sticks, pita bread or water crackers. 

Babaganoush
Ingredients
1 medium to large eggplant (aubergine)
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
1 clove of garlic
75 grams tahini
75 grams olive oil
50 ml water
Half teaspoon salt
Juice of 1 large lemon

Method
The smoky flavour of babaganoush is developed by placing a whole uncooked eggplant directly onto the gas flame of your stove top. Turn the flame on full and let the eggplant cook until it is charred on the underside then turning it over with a pair of kitchen tongs repeat the process on the other side. You will find the peeling process, which comes next, easier if the eggplant is well charred, so don't pull it off the stove too quickly.
Once this is done, put the charred eggplant aside in a bowl to cool 
Dry roast your cumin and coriander in a heavy based pan until they darken slightly and release their aroma. 
Place the seeds in the Thermomix bowl and grind on speed 10 for 60 seconds
Add the garlic and chop on speed 7 for 5 seconds or until evenly chopped
Now that the eggplant is cooled slightly, peel the charred skin away. Make sure that you leave as much of the browned layer beneath the charring as possible, this is where the flavour is. 
When you have removed all of the skin, cut off the stem and place the eggplant in the Thermomix bowl. 
Add the other ingredients ie tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, water
Blend on speed 5 for 30seconds.
Turn out into a bowl and sprinkle with soumak more for the decoration than for flavour
Eat whilst still warm (which I think is the only way to go) or at room temperature.

4 comments:

Thermomixer said...

Great recipe - I love babaganoush, but rarely can be bothered filling the room with fumes - so chicken out and do in the oven.

have you had any luck dry-roasting in the TMX?

Rick's Thermomix Blog said...

Never done it in the oven, I like the fun of being able to burn something on the stove. Dry roasting spices, hmm well I follow the instructions for the dukkah and it turns out well, but I don't think it really gets hot enough to dry roast in the way I am used to.

Dani said...

Yum. Love babaganoush. T'Mixer if you have a BBQ with a wok burner it's agreat way to do the eggplant without stinking out the house.
I agree Rick, I don't think the TM gets hot enough for properly dry roasting. I like a good char.

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