#TurkishByHJ – Babaganoush

Babaganoush - Happy scooping

Babaganoush – Happy scooping

Meze for 5 people

Including: Babaganoush, Broad beans hummus, Fresh tomato & almond dip and flat crusty breads.

Ingredients:

  • 600g or 2 big aubergines (66p)

    Looks like a smile - Babaganoush

    Looks like a smile – Babaganoush

  • 100g or 1 small red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 Turkish pepper (6p)
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sesame seeds to garnish

Cost: The vegetables were bought on Surrey Street market; 3 Aubergines cost £1.00 and the Turkey peppers cost £1 for a bowl of 15 long green ones. Total cost of this dip 0.72p

Method:

The babaganoush is normally made with peeled aubergines, but I chose to keep the skin because of its nutritious value. Do you know fibre, potassium and antioxidants can be found in the purple robe of this vegetable? Just google it and see what else you can find.

The only downer about using the skin on this dip is the colour at the end. Not the greatest looking.

So, to make the babaganoush, peel and roughly cut the onion and the garlic. Cut the bottom of the aubergines, rinse and cut them in small pieces (cut each in about 12 pieces). Also remove the tail of cut the Turkish green pepper, rinse and cut in 3 pieces. Keep the elements separated.

In a pan which has a lid, heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and put in the aubergines in it fry for 5 minutes until the pieces start to brown.

Now add the onion pieces, Turkish pepper garlic, cumin, paprika and salt. Add 100ml water, cover the pan and simmer for 10. The onion, which is the hardest should be the softness by the time the pan dries out. Taste and adjust the seasoning before mashing the whole content of the pan with a hand blender.

Pour the dip in a bowl and drizzle over it 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or any flavoured oil of your choice.

Enjoy.

Next, the broad beans hummus

Meze by HJ

Meze by HJ

The beetroot dip

Beetroot dip

Beetroot dip

Ingredients for 1kg dip:

  • 600g precooked beetroot in vinegar (£1)

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Hand full of small green chillies (10p)
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 small fresh tomato
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 400 ml plain vegetable oil
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Salt and black pepper

Note: as this was part of the menu for 6 people, you will only need just about 300g of this dip to serve the vegetables cakes. The relative cost spent for this dip is £1.10 (for 1kg) or 5-6p per serving on this menu.

Method:

Ingredients ready for the blender

Ingredients ready for the blender

If the beetroot has skin, peel it, cut off the extremities and chop them. Blend in a food processor until smooth. Remove from the processor and set aside.

Now peel and roughly chop the onion, garlic and chopped tomato. To that, add black pepper and salt. Put all of that in the food processor, remove the tail of the green chillies, add in

blended beetroot

blended beetroot

the processor and blend until smooth also set aside. To not mix with the beetroot at this point.

In a deep pan with a lid, heat 200ml oil and fry in it until crisp the 3 sprigs of fresh thyme. Now pour in the oil the onion garlic and tomato mix. Stir and cover. For 10 minutes opening from time to time to stir.

By covering we are looking for the water in the mix to evaporate. Once

The half way stage

The half way stage

the water has evaporated, only clear oil will be bubbling up on the surface of the mix as shown on the photo right.

Now, add the blended beetroot, stir to combine well the content of the pan, add the rest of the oil taste, add freshly grinded pepper and salt, stir and cover for 20 minutes. Make sure to cover the pan because the content bubbles up and spits, the splashed of beetroot might redecorate the kitchen.

Ready to cool down

Ready to cool down

Open the pan from time to time to stir. After 20 minutes, there should be no liquid left in the pan. What should be visible is just the oil again, bubbling up above the dip. Remove from heat and serve hot. Leave the rest to completely cool down before spooning into jars.

I served mine as part of a starter.

Marrow cakes serving suggestion

Marrow cakes  with beet dip

This dip is great and can be used for chips and other vegetables. Also use it as a spread for sandwiches or mixed into a simple salad. Use is as you would mayonnaise or mustard or simply offer some to friends and family if you’ve got too much.

Spooned in jar for use later

Spooned in jar for use later

Enjoy!

See more about this vegan menu here.