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Sunday, 8 August 2010

Mutabal Beitinjan - Eggplant Mutabal

Mutabal Beitinjan (Eggplant Mutabal)

Nowadays, everyone knows Mtabal Beitinjan (Eggplant Mutabal)! It has made its way through to people's hearts as it truely is brilliant! If you haven't met before, then please meet Eggplant Mutabal, you will make very good friends! Mtabal Beitinjan is a delicious Mezze (traditional appetiser) in Arabic Cuisine. It is also served for breakfast or dinner at some homes. Mutabal is an excellent side to grills, and meaty dishes. The texture is smooth and like a mash, every now ana gain with a crunch from the toasted nuts sprinkled on top. The flavour is a mixture of the sweetness from the grilled eggplants and the ever so light sourness from the lemon juice as well as the final sprinkles of pomegranate molases; all mixed with a Hummus-like flavour of the sesame paste. 

Recently, Mutabal became popularly used as a dip in cocktail parties too. Eggplant mutabal can also be used as a base for many fusion sandwiches and dishes. Here is how its made:

You Need
2 large eggplants
2-3 cloves of garlic crushed
1/2 cup tahina
juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp water
Salt & Pepper to taste
pommegranate molasses

Grill the eggplants over direct heat till cooked through and tender inside turning the eggplants throughout to charr all sides (this gives it the smoked flavour). set aside to cool. once cool enough to handle, peel the skin and place peeled eggplants in a platter and mash it. mix mashed eggplants with crushed galic till combined.

In a seperate bowl mix together tahina, lemon juice, salt & pepper to form a paste, add enough water to loosen the paste out. taste and check seasoning. Pour mixture over mashed eggplants & garlic. Mix till well incorporated.

place in serving platter, top with loose pommegranate seeds and drizzle with olive oil & molasses. Serve with Arabic bread.

Simple and Fabulous!

Have you ever tried Mtabal Beitinjan before? Are you encouraged to give it a go after reading this post? If you have made it before, have you ever thought of using it in fusions? Let us know how you have used mtabal beitinjan out of the mezza context and how it turned out? We love learning from your experiences :)