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Baba Ghanoush

As demonstrated in the “Baba What?” episode of Live It – June 2019

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  • 2 medium eggplants, about 3 lbs
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • 3 roasted garlic cloves or 1 fresh clove, minced
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Fresh parsley or smoked paprika for garnish (optional)


  1. Wash and dry the eggplants and prick the skin all over with a fork. There are several methods of roasting an eggplant– over an open flame (increasing the smokiness of the flesh) or directly on a gas range, grill or broiler.
    • Gas range or grill: no oil is needed. Roast 20-30 minutes, turning eggplant every 5 minutes.
    • Broiler: place eggplant on a baking sheet coated in oil. Roast under broiler for 20-30 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. The roasted eggplant should be charred on all sides and appear shriveled and collapsed. Allow eggplant to cool.
  2. Scoop eggplant pulp into a medium bowl. Discard the charred skin. Add tahini, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper. Mash ingredients well with a fork until all ingredients are incorporated. If you’re having a hard time achieving a smooth consistency with a fork, you may use a food processor. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with parsley or smoked paprika. Serve with pita bread, raw vegetables or crackers.

Tip: If you find that the eggplant pulp is not tender enough after roasting and peeling, you may microwave the eggplant pulp for a few minutes until the eggplant can be easily mashed with a fork.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving
Yield: 10 servings

Calories  97.4

Total Fat  5.9 g

Saturated Fat  0.8 g

Polyunsaturated Fat  2.1 g

Monounsaturated Fat  2.6 g

Cholesterol  0.0 mg

Sodium  129.5 mg

Total Carbohydrate  10.9 g

Dietary Fiber  4.2 g

Sugars  5.1 g

Protein  2.8 g

Calcium  5.1%

Copper  10.2%

Folate  8.4%

Iron  6.1%

Magnesium  14.9%

Niacin  6.2%

Pantothenic Acid  4%

Phosphorus  8.9%

Riboflavin  4.9%

Thiamin  11.2%

Zinc  3.7%

Live It is a cooking demonstration presented by the Nutrition Food Service and Wellness Departments at Parkview Health. Each episode is hosted by dietitian Andrea Miller, with a goal of showcasing nutrient-dense foods and teaching viewers doable ways to use them in order to promote wellness in our community.

For more recipes and to watch past episodes of Live It, visit