Appetizers, Lesson #5 - Hummus & Baba Ghanoush
Hummus is made from blended chickpeas with tahini, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice while Baba Ghanoush is made from mashed roasted eggplant.Both Hummus & Baba Ghanoush are cold dips usually served with freshly made pita bread.
The earliest known recipe for a dish similar to Hummus is recorded in a cookbook published in Cairo during the 13th century.
Hummus is made of cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. As an appetizer and dip, hummus is scooped with flatbread such as pita and eaten as it is. However, outside the Middle East, it is also served with tortilla chips or crackers.
Hummus is generally served as part of a meze or as an accompaniment to falafel, grilled chicken, fish or eggplant and usually garnished with chopped coriander, parsley, caramelized onions, whole chickpeas, olive oil, paprika, sumac, olives and pine nuts.
Baba Ghanoush in Arabic means "spoiled/pampered father". According to Middle Eastern food lore, Baba Ghanoush alludes to an elderly, toothless father whose daughter mashed his food because he wasn’t able to chew.
Baba Ghanoush is a thick dip or spread made of mashed eggplant, also listed in restaurants in Western countries as ‘eggplant caviar’ and usually made with pureed, roasted eggplant, olive oil and seasonings.
About this Dish
Hummus is made from blended chickpeas with tahini, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice while Baba Ghanoush is made from mashed roasted eggplant.
Both Hummus & Baba Ghanoush are cold dips usually served with freshly made pita bread.