Grilled eggplant is pureed along with garlic, lemon juice and tahini to make a lighter version of the classic Middle Eastern dip. If you can't find ground sumac for the garnish, chopped pistachios are traditional as well. Serve with pita wedges or use as a spread for sandwiches.

Carolyn Malcoun


Recipe Summary

40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to high.

  • Prick eggplants all over with a fork. Thread garlic cloves onto a skewer. Grill the eggplants, turning occasionally, until charred and tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Grill the garlic, turning once, until charred and tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Transfer the eggplants and garlic to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, peel both. Transfer to a food processor. Add lemon juice, tahini and salt; process until almost smooth. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with sumac, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Equipment: Skewer

Tahini is a thick paste of ground sesame seeds. Look for it in large supermarkets in the Middle Eastern section or near other nut butters.

The tart berries of a particular variety of sumac bush add a distinctive element to many Middle Eastern dishes. Find them whole or ground in Middle Eastern markets or online at or

Nutrition Facts

33 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 4.8g 2% DV; dietary fiber 1.8g 7% DV; sugars 2.1g; fat 1.5g 2% DV; saturated fat 0.2g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 16.1IU; vitamin c 3.7mg 6% DV; folate 17mcg 4% DV; calcium 11.3mg 1% DV; iron 0.3mg 2% DV; magnesium 11.5mg 4% DV; potassium 161mg 5% DV; sodium 244.6mg 10% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 7% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
wonderful.... it reminds me about a dish served by my brother in law in India. Read More
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Rich and smooth taste. I warmed it and served it as a side dish. Read More