Babaganush is a popular Middle Eastern snack-sauce. It is a close relative of our eggplant caviar or Georgian ajapsandali, but the taste and texture are completely different. Eggplant puree is very tender and soft, generously flavored with oriental spices and tahini paste. It is ideal to serve pate with toast, pita bread, pita, crackers, baguette - it is incredibly delicious and beautiful.
Prepare the products.
You can prepare tahini paste yourself or buy a ready-made product.
Wash the eggplants and wrap them in foil. Bake in the oven, preheated to 180 degrees until ready.
Allow the eggplants to cool, then release the baked pulp from the peel. In most recipes, the pulp is crushed together with the seeds, I prefer to remove the seeds, especially if it is a mature vegetable and the seeds are hard.
Now about the texture of mashed potatoes, if you like heterogeneous, you can mash eggplants with a fork. If you prefer a smooth pasty, chop the eggplant pulp with a blender.
Together with the eggplant, add garlic, salt, lemon juice, coriander, sesame paste to the blender bowl.
Whisk to the desired consistency. Put the baked eggplant pate in a bowl, pour olive oil on top and sprinkle with sesame seeds, sumac or sweet paprika, if desired.
I love the legends around the stories of creating dishes. Babaganush has two beautiful versions of the creation. Which one do you like more?
According to one version, the name of the dish was given in honor of the respected and kind priest Ganush, who, instead of eating the dish prepared by the student himself, shared it with the villagers.
According to another version, the dish appeared as a result of chance and female ingenuity. The hostess was distracted, as a result of which the eggplants were burned. The angry husband considered that the product was irretrievably spoiled, but the female ingenuity knows no boundaries. A wise woman presented the accident as a specially invented recipe with a completely expected result. She removed the charred skin from the eggplant and seasoned the flesh with spices. The initially angry man was satisfied with the result!!!