Barden’s Bites: Baba Ghanoush

Baba ghanoush is a smoked aubergine dish popular in the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. It can be made well in advance and it’s great with toasted pitta bread, chicory spears, carrots, crisps and a host of other dishes. It's perfect to accompany roast lamb, white fish, and is beautifully sharpened by a bite of lemon and served with anything barbecued.
To get a charred BBQ flavour, hold the aubergine for a couple of minutes on the hob over a gas flame, after cooking in the oven, until the outside is nicely blackened.

Baba Ghanoush Recipe

Preparation time 10 mins

Cooking time 1hour 15 mins

Serves 4


3 aubergines

2 fat cloves garlic

Pinch of sea salt

180ml tahini (sesame seed paste)

Pinch of ground cumin

½ cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley & basil (or coriander)

Juice of 1 lemon, or more to taste

3 tbsp olive oil

Grind or 2 of black pepper (to taste)


Prick aubergines with a fork & roast in oven 220C (Gas mark 7) for 30 mins, until the middle of the aubergine is soft & skin is well blackened.

Allow to cool and peel the roasted aubergine, chop roughly & place in a colander or sieve.

Allow to stand for 30 mins to let moisture drip away, then squeeze the pulp well to extract as much liquid as possible.

Mash the garlic into a pulp with the sea salt, then add to the drained aubergine, which you have placed into a mixing bowl.

Add the tahini, lemon juice, 2 tbsps olive oil, chopped herbs, black pepper and cumin.

Mix well and taste; add more lemon juice & salt if you like.

Drizzle over 1 tbsp olive oil before serving.

Nigel's Wine Pairing - As aubergine is naturally quite rich and in this dish, smoky, I've opted for a clean & zingy vinous partner in the Leasingham Bin 7 Riesling 2012 (£11.99) from Australia's Clare Valley, or if the Baba Ganoush is served with lamb, then a Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir 2011 (£12.99) from South Africa's Western Cape, as the sweetness of the meat cosies up to the aromatic, sensuous, Arabian Nights flavour of the Pinot.
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Written by: Nigel Barden

Nigel Barden 


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