I hope you enjoy my version of Baba Ghanoush with smoked paprika. I added the smoked paprika to give it that extra smokey flavor you would traditionally get if you grilled the eggplant, plus I like the color it gives to this nutritious aubergine or guinea squash. Baba ghanoush, or baba ganouj is simply a dish of mashed eggplant and sesame seed paste has an Arabic name that means spoiled father. According to Middle Eastern food lore, it alludes to an elderly, toothless father – or baba – whose daughter had to mash his food because he wasn’t able to chew it. Well here’s to Baba! Read more about the history of baba ghanoush. Also, another interesting tidbit, the eggplant is actually a fruit related to the potato and tomato and is high in fiber, B1, and potassium. Paprika also gives you a nutritional punch. It is high in vitamin C and rich in carotenids (the red and yellow pigments in vegetables), and it contains a little capsaisin (the heat from the peppers) which helps build your immune system. All of these attributes contribute to the nutritional benefits of an anti cancer diet.
Makes approximately 2 cups.
Serve with a cruidite platter or pita chips.
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