Mtabbal or Baba Ghanoush

This recipe for Lebanese Mtabbal is perfect for an appetizer or side to a meal.

Mtabbal or Baba Ghanoush


  • 2 medium eggplants
  • ¼ cup tahineh (sesame seed paste)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 cloves peeled garlic peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh mint optional
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley optional


  1. Bake the pierced eggplants in the oven for 30-40 minutes at about 350°.
  2. Cool under cold water (this step will make your final dish have a white colour, instead of yellow).

  3. Remove and skin and the tough top.
  4. Blend the eggplants, the tahineh, the lemon juice, the garilc, and the salt in a food processor until smooth.
  5. Garnish with olive oil and parsley and mint.
  6. Serve with Lebanese (pita) bread.