Eggplant dip

Hello my dear readers,

I feel like we have just started this week and is already Friday, weekend is just around the corner πŸ˜‰

We have learn more about eggplant this week and we have discovered Kolkata, now I’ll share with you one of my favourite dips of all time, which actually has a lot of variants based on country, in Romania we call it Salata de vinete, Greeks call it Melitzanosalata, in Lebanon is known asΒ Baba ghanoush, inΒ Persia is known as kashkeh bademjoon or borani, in India and PakistanΒ  is known asΒ Baingan ka BharthaΒ oΒ Ojju.

I’ll share my version of salata de vinete, a dip which was very common in our home all year round and reminds me of my happy childhood.

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  • eggplants, preferably the ones with the dark purple skin
  • onion
  • garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • fresh lemon juice
  • mayonesse (optional)

How to do it:

First you need to start by roasting the eggplants. Preferably, eggplants are cooked by contact with a heated surface or even with direct flame, until the skin is charred and the core becomes soft, as it will give a lovely roasted taste. Back home we always used to do them outside, on a barbecue grill, directly on the flame, but here I don’t have this possibility, so I cook them in the oven. I cut them in half, make some scars with the knife Β and place them on a baking sheet and roast them for around 40-50 minutes in the oven at 180 degrees. Once ready, I take them out from the oven and let them cool completely.

If you have the possibility to grill themΒ over high heat, remember to turn them as each side blackens, and then put the charred eggplants in a paper bag, close the bag and let the eggplants steam in their skins for 15-20 minutes, before removing the skin.

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In the meantime, since I like it with mayonnaise, I just do my homemade mayo. In a bowl put an egg yolk, a tablespoon of mustard and pouring sunflower oil a little bit at a time until it becomes a cream. I also like to add a few drops of squeezed fresh lemon juice, to balance the oil fat. As simple as that!

Once the eggplants are ready, scoop the flesh if you baked them in the oven, or peel the skin off if you grilled them, and chop it well with a knife. I remember when I was little, that we used to have something like a knife but made from wood, that we used to chop the eggplant, because the steel knifes used to blacken the eggplants. But nowadays all knifes are from stainless steel so no problems.

Place the eggplants in a bowl, add finely chopped or grated onion and garlic, just a little bit, for 3 medium eggplants I use half small onion and one garlic clove, add the mayo and season with salt and pepper.

If you prefer without mayo, for a lighter version, you may skip adding the mayo, just add to the chopped eggplants the grated onion and garlic, a little bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.

Stir well and your salata de vinete is ready. Is even better if you can chill it for about one hour.

In Romania, we usually serve it on slices of bread and with tomatoes, or you can serve it drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkling of parsley.

And if you want something different, tryΒ Baba ghanoush, that instead of mayo they use tahini and cumin, a pretty nice combination too, served with pita bread.

Simple and poor ingredients but yet so delicious! πŸ˜‹Β πŸ˜‹

Who said we cannot enjoy good food at home? Is so easy and fun! You don’t believe me? Just try it! πŸ˜‰

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And always remember, life is too short! Eat and treat yourself in style!

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Have a wonderful weekend!


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37 thoughts

  1. I’ve never really been a fan of eggplants but I am willing to try new things. Your recipes look good and if I didn’t know these dishes were made from eggplants, I would probably eat them. πŸ˜‚πŸ†πŸŒ±

    1. πŸ˜‚ sometimes I do the same πŸ˜‚ don’t tell me what is it and I may like it, but if you tell me and maybe is something that I don’t like, I’ll say immediately no without trying it πŸ˜‚
      Thank you Hilary for stopping by and wish you a happy weekend! πŸ€—πŸ’•

  2. Hello hello, yes this week went so fast, i haven’t even noticed. On my old blog from very begging i was sharing a little bit of diet and recipe posts, egg plant was on the list. Is very healthy and important vegetable on our tableβ˜€οΈ
    I see, there is not many ingredients needed, which makes it so easy to makeπŸ€—i dont eat mayo because dont know how to make it, i dont like the own from the shop, seems so simple, i should try it one day soon. I also like your presentation of food, looks goodπŸ€—, honestly i’m going to try it on, i will share pictures on my blog when will make itβ˜€οΈ

    1. Good morning beautiful Ilona β˜€οΈ
      Oh yes, eggplant is very nutritious and it has quite a lot of benefits and is also versatile πŸ™‚
      Homemade mayo is very easy, just need a little bit of patience πŸ™‚ but for a lighter version of the eggplant dip you may do it without mayo and is still delicious πŸ™‚
      Thank you Ilona for your kind words, really appreciated! I’ll look forward for it πŸ™‚
      Wish you a great weekend full of happy things πŸ™‚

      1. Good morningπŸ€—, yes i saw your posts about benefit of egg plant, i will let you know, if i got success with mayo, but i’m sure, i will success with eggplant😁
        Thank you for your support on my blogβ˜€οΈ
        Have great weekend, stay positiveπŸ€—

  3. My God, there is a recipe exist like this😲 wow, how does it taste ? πŸ€” well, will cook and find out πŸ˜‰ you always share tasty recipes.. its always good to learn new things from a special foodie ✨😊.. Wish a beautiful Weekend ….✨✍️

    1. Thank you Simon πŸ˜‰ Yep, very simple but very delicious πŸ˜‹ I’m sure you and Nisha will like it πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for your kind words πŸ˜‰ Very appreciated πŸ€—
      Wish you a wonderful weekend! πŸ€—

  4. Hi Ribana, it is easy to make and the result is great! Looks so delicious! 🌸I know the homemade mayo! But here it is easily available in shops! 😊Have a great week Ribana! πŸ’™

    1. Hello dear Suni 🌸 Oh yes, easy but very delicious πŸ˜‹ Sometimes I do buy the mayo but sometimes when I have time I like to do it at home too πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for stopping by and wish you a wonderful week too πŸ˜‰πŸ€—πŸŒΈ

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