It’s official. Tahini might just be my new favorite ingredient. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s an oily paste made from ground sesame seeds and is commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking. It’s nutty, creamy, and delicious all at once.
I also think I should rename my blog Mrs. Chatterjee, because I’ve been stealing so many of my mom’s recipes! 🙂 I can’t help it, she’s just a creative genius in the kitchen. She made us this roasted eggplant with tahini over the holidays and I’ve been craving it ever since! I finally tried it out yesterday and it’s SO easy – definitely my new go-to side dish. All you need is some eggplant, tahini, onions, garlic, and olive oil, and you have this amazing, creamy dip that you can eat with bread or even mixed in with hot rice. So good!
Ingredients (serves 2)
1.5 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 small onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, grated
1 large eggplant
2 teaspoons tahini
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Rub some olive oil on the eggplant, place it in an oven proof dish, and cook for 45 minutes. Prepare your ingredients while the eggplant is roasting to save time.
Once the eggplant is done cooking, let cool for 5 minutes. Remove the skin and scrape out all the ‘meat’.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sized pan on high. Fry the onions for a few minutes till they begin to turn slightly golden. Add the garlic and stir for another minute. Add the eggplant and tahini into the onion garlic mixture and stir. The eggplant will stick to the pan, so continue stirring for several minutes until everything is nicely mixed together. Season with salt and pepper and your’e done! Told ya, easiest recipe EVER.