50 min

    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.

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    Serves: 64 

    • 4 medium aubergines
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • small handful fresh basil
    • 2 green chillies
    • 4 tablespoons tahini
    • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 sprig fresh mint
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6. Lightly grease a baking tray.
    2. Place aubergines on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until soft and seared.
    3. In a food processor, grind together garlic, basil and green chillies.
    4. Scoop aubergine flesh from the skins and mix with garlic mixture in the food processor. Discard skins.
    5. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish. With a fork, mash in tahini, lemon juice and salt. Garnish with mint and olive oil.

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    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)