Saturday, 23 January 2010

Eggplant Dip




This is my style of eggplant dip - over the years have tried a variety of eggplant dips but this simple version  appeals to my taste and being a lazy cook I am sticking to it.
I am a big fan of GARLIC so I will always go for more garlic rather than less but if you prefer a more subtle flavour try roasting your garlic first - the flavour will still be there just doesn't have the sharp taste of raw garlic.
I always love Tahini (sesame seed paste) and prefer the unhulled version - it is just perfect on rice cakes with a bit of honey …..yummy……… 
Anyway back to eggplant dip……..

Ingredients:
2 medium  or 1 large eggplant
2-3 cloves garlic
Juice of half small lemon
1-2 tablespoon tahini  (depends on your taste)
Cumin
Smokey paprika
Salt, honey
Dried or fresh Parsley
1 tablespoon Olive oil




Preparation:
Place your eggplant on a baking dish and place in moderate hot oven 180C for 45-60 mins.
Allow eggplant to cool before you make your dip, I usually roast my eggplant a day or two before I make the dip.  After roasting let cool then place in airtight container and place in fridge.

Break open the skin of the eggplant, and take out the flesh with a spoon, throw away the skin.
Place all ingredients into a blender and whizz for a few minutes until all ingredients are blended.
Taste, if it needs more tahini or lemon add now and also adjust the seasonings to your taste.
If you like it hot before serving sprinkle with some chilli powder.

Serve with fresh pitta bread, or toasted pitta bread, or thin ryvita crackers, or better still with celery and carrot sticks……….. Very yummy……..

Can be kept in fridge in airtight container for 3-4 days.

Enjoy!