Baba ghanouj is one of those Middle Eastern dishes like hummus and falafel that seems pretty straightforward until you start to consider all of the variations in different countries and communities, and even from household to household.
At its most basic, this dip or spread is a purée of eggplant, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. It can be chunky or silky-smooth; sometimes the flavor is quite smoky, while other times it's mild. The garnishes can include mint, parsley, paprika, cumin, chili powder, pomegranate seeds, and chopped pistachios or other nuts. Even the spelling of the dish varies: It can be baba ghanouj, baba ghanoush, baba ghannouj, baba gannoujh, or baba ghanoug.
Baba ghanouj can be found throughout the Middle East, as well as in some Mediterranean countries (such asRead More »from Around the World in 80 Dishes: Baba Ghanouj