Moutabel is a delicious and spicy aubergine dip originating in the Middle East, popular in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. It is best eaten with fresh, hot pitta bread.
I live in southern New Meixco and right now, the harvest of eggplants, green chile, garlic, basil and onions are pouring in faster than we can keep up. This recipe was a GREAT way to take advantage of the local ingredients. Thank you so much for sharing! I did make several minor changes: I punctured the eggplants with a toothpick all over, then blackened them on the grill (it was 4th of July!) all over. Plunging them into a bowl of ice water made the black skins slip off easily. I also did this with 2 green chiles and added them in addition to the 2 fresh green chiles the recipe calls for. I doubled the garlic and increased the basil by about 50%. Lastly, I used lime juice instead of lemon, as that is what is local around here. The end result was a smoky, garlicky spread, remeniscent of baba ganoush (but better!) that we spread on tortillas and filled with other roasted local veggies from the harvest. AMAZING! - 05 Jul 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I grew up in the Middle East and had never tried this...So much wasted time! This is delicious, healthy, and relatively easy. I peeled the outer part of the eggplants, then wrung them out a bit, and tore them apart before adding them to the food processor; that just seemed easier to me. This is going to be a regular in my house! - 19 Dec 2004 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I wanted to try something new and this was it. It was easy to make and very good. Also, very versatile. My family and I used it as a dip, but I also used it on sandwiches like I would with hummus. So, if you are looking for something to do with this, it is good as a spread with melted feta or Indian paneer, and sundried tomatoes. I plan on making this again, often, and trying it on other things as well. I quartered the recipe and used half of a serrano chile--the dip ended up being very spicy, so a caution: use less chile than the recipe suggests if you do not want a lot of heat. - 26 Jun 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)