Halleluja, there is more in life than hummus and guacamole! It’s also known as kashkeh bademjoon or borani, I like to name it Delicious Persian Eggplant Dip. It’s creamy, light (lower in calories than for example hummus) and it contains…..caramelized onion. We have a new dip champion! Vegetarians describe this dip as a dip that reminds them of a ‘meat spread’. I can’t comment on that since I haven’t eaten meat for ages, but I have to say the taste is out of this world. So delicious! I didn’t come up with this recipe myself though. I once ordered this dish in a Persian restaurant and couldn’t resist to ask what the ingredients were of this super tasty dip. To my surprise there were very few ingredients. Tasty with a few ingredients? Sounds like a Green Creator recipe!
Eggplants are themselves low in calories and for this dip you will not need to fry them. Just a bit of roasting with a little bit of oil will be enough.
Here is what you will need for a little cup
Two small or one big eggplant
Three cloves of garlic
Cut the eggplant in slices and roast them with a bit of olive oil and Keltic sea salt in a preheated oven for 10-20 minutes at 170 degrees.
While the eggplant slices are roasting in the oven, start caramelizing the onions in olive oil. When the onions are golden brown add the garlic to also caramelize (will take less time than garlic). There is something about the smell of caramelized onions. They not only remind me of my childhood, but the smell is also so overwhelmingly delicious that it makes me immediatly hungry!
The eggplant is done when it’s crispy and the skin will let go easily. Eat the skin as chips! Yum!! It was gone before I could make a picture.
Combine the eggplant (without skin) and the caramelized onions and garlic and mash them with a fork. No food processor or blender needed
Top the dip with a few remaining spoonfuls of caramelized onions and some herbs if you wish. You could also add others spices, such as cayenne.
Altogether this dip is satisfying, light and healthy. This dip is divine!
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