Homemade Baba Ghanoush And Lebanese Flatbread

by | Jun 4, 2020 | 9 comments

A smoky silky-smooth homemade Baba Ghanoush, made from fire-roasted eggplant, tahini, garlic and lemon is one of my favourite eggplant dishes to eat. But I think I love eating Baba Ghanoush even more ever since I started making my speedy Homemade Lebanese Flatbread. The easy, yeasted dough gives birth to fluffy, pillowy soft bread with the most perfectly charred puffed bubbles. It is now the only way I'll scoop and eat my Baba Ghanoush!Homemade Baba Ghanoush And Lebanese Flatbread - Cook Republic #yeastbread #babaganoush #flatbread

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A classic, easy Baba Ghanoush

Every week when a voluptuous deep purple eggplant turns up in my veggie box, I immediately fire up my portable camping stove and roast the eggplant on an open fire. There is absolutely no indecision involved. Get an eggplant, grill it on an open fire. As simple as that. It is usually for this twice-cooked Eggplant Curry Dip (Baingan Bharta) or the Baba Ghanoush I am about to share today. If there are more eggplants, then this Miso Roasted Eggplant recipe comes into play. Otherwise, it is Smoky eggplant dips all the way!

 

In my kitchen, I have an induction cooktop. The portable camping stove, a cheap $20 purchase from K-Mart takes care of my eggplant and capsicum grilling needs. What I love about roasting an eggplant on an open fire is the caramelization and the smokiness that transforms the fruit into a sublime eating experience. It can then be transformed into so many delicious things and it makes a nutritious, healthy, after-school snack which my boys love. And they are also huge fans of the Homemade Lebanese Flatbread. In fact, I think they might love it a little bit more than the Baba Ghanoush itself. Just like me.

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The Secret To A Perfect Authentic Lebanese Flatbread

I have never travelled to the Middle East. My knowledge of Middle Eastern food is cursory and derived from market stalls hawking traditional Middle Eastern fare, cookbooks and cooking shows. I don't actually know what traditional Lebanese bread in Lebanon would be like, I suppose there are many variations across all the regions. A deep dive on the internet (and a lovely reader of my blog from Beirut) tells me that it is called Man´oushe. It is a yeast-leavened bread, with pizza-like consistency that is stretched and cooked in a hot pan until it puffs up with air pockets. It is smeared with Za´atar and usually had for breakfast.

 

For the flatbread, I use a combination of the pizza dough recipe on the blog and my authentic speedy Naan recipe from my cookbook. And boy, does it work! In less than an hour, you can enjoy a thoroughly rustic, fluffy flatbread with all the gloriously delicious charred puffed bits. This Lebanese flatbread is not only super easy to make but will have you addicted. Hook, line and sinker!

 

The secret to that fluffy puffed rustic bread with all the street-style charred pockets is actually water! When you brush one side of the rolled dough with water and put it on a sizzling hot cast iron pan, it generates steam. The steam helps create a thin outer bread crust while sealing moisture on the inside. Simple clever science at work! I use this technique for my naans and also my sourdough loaves. It creates authentic bread every single time. Whether it is a full-fledged loaf or just a flatbread.

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HOMEMADE BABA GHANOUSH

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Author: Sneh
Course // Appetizer, Dips
Cuisine // Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Vegan, Vegetarian
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • olive oil, smoked paprika, ground cumin, toasted pine nuts, chopped fresh parsley, micro herbs, - to serve

Instructions

  • Roast and char eggplant on an open fire on medium-low heat. Use tongs to rotate and cook all over until the eggplant is completely cooked, the skin flaking and juices are starting to run out (the process should take 10-15 minutes)
  • Place roasted eggplant in a shallow rimmed bowl. Rest for 10 minutes and allow to cool to room temperature. At this point, sticky juices will be released in the bowl. Pour this out into a bowl for later.
  • Gently peel the flaking skin of the eggplant and scoop the flesh into a small food processor. Add the reserved eggplant juices, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and sea salt flakes. Process into a silky-smooth purée.
  • Scoop baba ghanoush into a shallow serving bowl. Using the back of a spoon, make a swirling pattern in the dip. Drizzle olive oil into the swirls. Sprinkle smoked paprika and ground cumin. Top with toasted pine nuts, parsley and micro herbs.
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Homemade Lebanese Flatbread

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Author: Sneh
Course // Bread
Cuisine // Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strong white flour, or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • Extra flour for dusting
  • olive oil, Za´atar, chopped parsley, to serve

Instructions

  • Place flour in a wide bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  • Place yeast, sugar, salt, 2 tablespoons warm water and oil in a small bowl. Mix once and allow to bloom for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the yeast mixture in the centre of the flour in the bowl. Mix lightly with your hand for a few seconds. Add the rest of the warm water and mix and knead into a smooth pliable dough. This should take about 5 minutes.
  • If the dough is too sticky, add a teaspoon of flour to make it more workable. Form a dough ball. Cover the bowl with a tea cloth and rest for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. (You can also rest it for up to 6-8 hours in a cool spot of your kitchen)
  • When ready to make flatbreads heat a large cast-iron skillet or frying pan on high until smoking. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Divide dough into 4 balls. Stretch each ball gently with your fingertips to resemble a triangular shape approximately 20cm in length and 15cm in width. Make sure you stretch it thinly (less than 0.5cm) in thickness. You may use a rolling pin to roll this shape if stretching doesn't work.
  • Brush one side of the rolled flatbread with water. Gently place your rolled flatbread, water side down on the hot pan. Cook until puffed bubbles start to appear on the top surface. Flip the flatbread and cook the other side, still on medium heat till desired char is achieved.
  • Once cooked on both sides, remove onto a plate. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle Za´atar and chopped parsley. Enjoy hot!
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SNEH

I love creating easy, vibrant, fresh, everyday recipes and taking gorgeous photos of the food I cook. I have been blogging for 15 years and I have also written a book with over 100 new recipes. If you make a recipe from the blog, Tag @cookrepublic on Instagram. I would love to see!

COMMENTS

9 Comments
  1. Ruby McKinley

    Your baba looks amazing - how do you get it so white?! My recipe is very similar but never looks that pale. I am also intrigued you add the eggplant juices, I always discard mine as I was under the impression it would be bitter. Look forward to trying it your way!

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    • Sneh

      Hey Ruby, yeah the inclusion of the liquid adds that glorious smokiness. If the eggplant has caramelized well over a period of 20-30 minutes, there shouldn't be any bitterness. I use a firm eggplant with shiny purple skin and white flesh. I find it makes a difference to the colour of my baba. If I use a slightly non-firm eggplant that has been sitting around for a few days, the flesh starts to become a bit beige and that colour trcikles into the baba as well.

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  2. Daleen

    Good day Sneh!

    I'm busy making your flatbread... the tablespoon olive oil that is listed in the ingredients list - is this supposed to be mixed in with the dough? Perhaps I'm misreading the recipe, but I'm not 100% sure where it needs to be added.

    My yeast is already mixed and busy blooming, so I'll just judge the texture of the dough and decide whether in needs to be mixed in. But I'll appreciate your input for future flatbreads please!

    Thank you!

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    • Sneh

      Hi Daleen, It says up there in the recipe to add the oil with the yeast, sugar and warm water in a bowl. Maybe you missed it 🙂

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  3. Anete

    Hi Sneh! I'm wondering as to how you use the brushing with water technique with your sourdough loaves. Do you brush the loaf with water when it's finished proofing, before turning it out onto the baking surface?

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    • Sneh

      No, I actually meant water technique to create steam. I don't brush the loaves with water, rather I add a couple of ice cubes in the pre-heated bread baker before putting in the loaf to bake.

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  4. Kimberly

    This was a wonderful recipe. Easy to execute as well.

    Delicious!!

    Kimberly
    Oakville ,Ontario Canada

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  5. Elaina Thornhill

    So we tried your cauliflower dish last night and just love it. I would love to try this eggplant dish. I don't have a way to cook the eggplant over an open flame. Is there another way I can do this? We do have a pizza oven, stove, no grill though.

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    • Sneh

      Wonderful. Thank you! You could roast the eggplant in an oven until it is quite done and then if you have a cast-iron pan, you can heat it till quite hot and char the cooked eggplant on it to get some smokiness going. The taste won't be exactly the same as a fire roasted eggplant but still super delicious. Also, top the finished dish with a dash of smoked paprika. x

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