Smokey Babaganousch

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I’ve always loved Babaganousch, the really smokey kind. For the longest time I struggled to replicate the smokey flavour I found at my favourite Lebanese restaurants at home. Then I discovered the secret! A gas stove top! Now I can’t make enough of it! This Super Smokey Babaganousch goes perfectly with my Chickpea Chips too!

Recipe Type: GF, DF, RSF, V, Paleo

Serves 8
Time 45min


  • 1 large eggplant (~500g)
  • ¼ cup raw cashews, soaked overnight, drained
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp apple cider vinegar
  • handful flat leaf parsley leaves
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic


  1. Pierce eggplant with knife several times over skin.
  2. Cook (on a plate or in a microwave container) in microwave on high for 4 min.
  3. Chargrill whole eggplant(s) for about 6mins directly on a gas stove (rotating the eggplant to char all of the skin).
  4. Remove and allow to cool on a plate (20-30 min)
  5. Peel eggplant, placing insides in a food processor, including about ½ cup of the flavoursome juices that have escaped while it was cooling on the plate.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients to food processor. Add some of the chargrilled skin for smokey-ness (the more skin = the more smokey; I pretty much use all of the skin!).
  7. Process until smooth, taste and add more skin/salt/lemon etc as desired for flavor.


Smokey Babaganousch - Charring the Eggplant whole, directly on the gas stove.

Charring the Eggplant whole, directly on the gas stove.

Smokey Babaganousch - Charred Eggplant cooling on a plate.

Charred Eggplant cooling on a plate.

Macronutrients for 1 serve (8 serves for whole recipe):

Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 80
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6 g 9%
Saturated Fat 1 g 3%
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 1 mg 0 %
Sodium 12 mg 1%
Potassium 208 mg 6 %
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 3 g 13 %
Sugars 2 g
Protein 2 g 4 %
Vitamin A 3 %
Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 1%
Iron 4%


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