Baba-Anoush Dip

This is one of my favorite things to do with eggplant.

Here is my take on Baba-Ghanoush with an Armenian flair. By the book Anoush means ‘sweet’, but it is also used to mean ‘you’re welcome’. So when your family and friends thank you for making such a delicious and healthy dip just tell them, “Anoush”.

This is my favorite thing to make when I get a single eggplant in my CSA box. Yum!

Baba-Anoush Dip
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
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Serves 12

  • 1 eggplant
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves (or 2 cubes of Trader Joe’s frozen minced garlic)
  • 2 cups raw pecans
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Dash of ground pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Wash eggplant and poke all over with a fork. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
  3. Allow eggplant to cool. Remove the stem and peel away the skin. Place the eggplant insides in food processor.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  5. Serve with sliced veggies, or spread onto a sandwich.

Calories: 75     Fat: 7g     Carbohydrates: 3g     Sugar: 1g     Sodium: 79g     Fiber: 2g     Protein: 1g    


I barely had a chance to snap a pic before Chloe and Andrew got their fingers in the Baba-Anoush!

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  • Marc Richter October 18, 2011 at 6:27 am

    That looks great! Do the kids know what they are eating, or are they just enjoying a good, healthy meal? My children are afraid to eat anything that is the least bit healthy.

    • Diana November 5, 2011 at 6:31 am

      Hi Marc!
      Yes, the kids do know what they’re eating. They like to help with the recipes, and then get excited to try out what they helped make.

  • Kristine July 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    My son is allergic to nuts. What can I use instead of raw pecans?

    • Diana July 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Hi Kristine, If he’s ok with seeds, then I would use 2 cups of roasted sunflower seeds. Or you could do 2 cups of gluten-free bread crumbs. Toast the bread and then run through a food processor.

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