I’d like to take all the credit for this interesting version of eggplant dip, but I can’t; it’s minimally adapted from Paul Gayler’s A Passion for Vegetables where its called Bhurtho (Smoked Eggplant Dip). From the name he gives it, I suspect Gayler was going for an Indian-style dish, yet the almonds and the lack of cumin, garam masala, or other spices set it apart.
D and I liked this dip well enough to make a meal of it with red and yellow peppers, zucchini slices, and toasted pita wedges for dipping. (E, our resident eggplant-hater, tasted it, at least, but stuck to hummus for her dipping.) We both enjoyed the spiciness of the chile and the surprise burst of flavor from the ginger; all in all, it was good for a change of pace, but it’s not going to replace my beloved baba ganoush any time soon!
Roasted Eggplant-Almond Dip
- Preheat oven to 425F. Wash the eggplant and prick it all over with a fork. Place it in a pan and roast it until completely collapsed and charred-looking on top, about 45 minutes. (You can also cook it on a grill, turning regularly, until charred all over and soft.) Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
- Once the eggplant is cool, scoop out the flesh and put it into a medium-sized bowl. If there are lots of large seeds, separate and discard them. Mash the flesh with a fork until a coarse puree is formed.
- Heat a small frying pan and add the almonds and mustard seeds. Toast them for about 2 minutes or until the seeds begin to pop. Add the onion, chile, and ginger and cook on medium for a few more minutes. Transfer to a small blender, add the garlic, lemon juice, soy yogurt (or mayo), and two tablespoons of water, and puree.
- Add the almond puree to the eggplant. Season to taste with cayenne and salt. Serve with raw vegetables or bread such as pitas or naan.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s) | >Cooking time: 45 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
Makes 4 appetizer-sized servings. Per serving: 100 Calories (kcal); 5g Total Fat; (42% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 12g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 8mg Sodium; 4g Fiber.