Baba Ganoosh

Source: Food and Nutrition Education in Communities, Cornell University

Serving size: 2 Tablespoons (31g)

Servings per recipe: Yields about 18 servings

Baba Ganoosh (eggplant dip with tahini: ground up sesame seeds) is a popular Middle Eastern dip and a good source of fiber.

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1 medium sized eggplant, about 1 pound

Olive oil cooking spray

1 clove garlic, peeled

3 tablespoons tahini

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Pita bread or veggie sticks for dipping


Baking sheet, blender, sharp knife, cutting board, large spoon, measuring spoons, large bowl


1. Spray a baking sheet lightly with olive oil cooking spray.

2. Cut eggplant in half. Place cut side down on baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.

3. Turn eggplant cut side up and bake for another 20 minutes.

4. Turn again to cut side down and bake for another 20 minutes, until very soft.

5. Allow eggplant to cool.

6. Put garlic, tahini, lemon juice and salt into blender. Scoop eggplant out of its skin and put into blender. Blend until smooth.

7. To serve, scoop the baba ganoosh into a shallow bowl. Sprinkle with minced parsley. Serve at room temperature, or cold, with pieces of pita bread or veggie sticks for dipping..

8. This dish may be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated for at least a day.


Tahini is ground sesame seeds. If tahini is too expensive, you can substitute peanut butter or any other seed or nut butter.

More About Eggplant

How to Select

Choose eggplants that are heavy for their size and without cracks or discolorations.

How to Store

Store eggplants in the refrigerator crisper drawer or in a plastic bag with some air holes. Use within 5-7 days. Freeze: Cook sliced eggplant, cool, and freeze in plastic bags. Prepare cooked eggplant dishes and freeze in containers.

How to Prepare

Rinse in cold water. Trim off any bruised spots. Cut off top stem and leaves. Peel if desired. Slice or dice. Microwave cubes in water, stab holes with fork and bake whole. Stuff and bake, roast, fry coated in breadcrumbs, grill brushed with olive oil. Add to sauces and soups, stir-fry or roast with other vegetables, or add to pasta and rice dishes and casseroles.