Badenjan: Smoky Eggplant Dip Recipe


3 cups small eggplants to make about 1 ΒΌ when roasted, pulped and sieved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely diced
3 fat cloves garlic, minced or grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, soaked in 2 tablespoons warm water
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, to garnish
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted, to garnish
Extra-virgin olive oil, to garnish


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Prick the eggplants with a fork and put them on a baking sheet and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until soft to the touch (alternatively, you can grill on a barbecue until soft). Allow to cool before peeling and mashing them, then leave the pulp in a sieve to drain.
Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic. Cook until golden and then add the drained eggplant mush, cooking it with the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes over a gentle heat, stirring frequently. Take off the heat and turn into a bowl to cool and season with salt and pepper.
Add the yogurt to the cooled eggplant mixture together with the saffron in the now golden water, stirring together well. Turn into a bowl and sprinkle over the mint, toasted pine nuts, and a dribble of oil.


If you like baba ganoush, you'll love badenjan! Badenjan is a creamy, smoky Arabic eggplant dip that has deep notes of saffron balanced by fresh mint. This dip is excellent served as an appetizer with pita chips and fresh vegetables or as a main dish served with lamb meatballs. This recipe is from Nigella Lawson.

Other Names:

Smoky Eggplant Dip, Grilled Eggplant Dip



Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 3:29pm


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