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Baba Ghanoush

By , 20 April, 2010, No Comment

Baba Ghanoush

This is very similar to the Hummus, but made with roasted eggplants.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggplants
  • 2 Tablespoons Tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1/2 lemon (juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (if you are in Germany, buy the cumin for this recipe at an Asian Market – German cumin tastes different)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash allspice or four spice mix (Quatre-épices)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil

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  • sweet paprika and olive oil to decorate
  • Pita bread to serve with

Directions:

  1. eggplants roasted
    Place the eggplants on a pan, and roast them in the oven at 350º F (180º C) for 1 hour. Check every now and then to turn them to make sure that the eggplants are roasting evenly.
  2. Let the eggplants cool down in the fridge for about 3 hours.
  3. Slice the eggplants and then use a spoon to take the flesh out and place in a food processor.
  4. Add the rest of the  ingredients and blend to a paste.
  5. Spread some Baba Ghanoush on a Plate (see above image), and then sprinkle some sweet paprika on top.
  6. Pour around 3 Tablespoons olive oil over the Baba Ghanoush.
  7. Serve with Pita bread.

Hummus

By , 19 April, 2010, No Comment

Hummus

This is a dish we learned to make in Venezuela, but the original recipe came from a Lebanese family.  I have made some minor changes in order to be able to make it quickly…

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups canned chickpeas (drained)
  • 2 Tablespoons Tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1/2 lemon (juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (if you are in Germany, buy the cumin for this recipe at an Asian Market – German cumin tastes different)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash allspice or four spice mix (Quatre-épices)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil

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  • sweet paprika and olive oil to decorate
  • Pita bread to serve with

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients in a food processor and blend to a paste. If the chickpeas are too dry, it might be difficult to blend.  To fix it (if it needs to), just add a little bit of water to the mix – the paste should be smooth, not dry, but also not watery.
  2. Spread some Hummus on a Plate (see above image), and then sprinkle some sweet paprika on top.
  3. Pour around 3 Tablespoons olive oil over the Hummus.
  4. Serve with toasted Pita bread