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.
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
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 kalustyans.com or buylebanese.com.
Serving Size: about 1/4 cup
33 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 4.8g; dietary fiber 1.8g; sugars 2.1g; fat 1.5g; saturated fat 0.2g; vitamin a iu 16.1IU; vitamin c 3.7mg; folate 17mcg; calcium 11.3mg; iron 0.3mg; magnesium 11.5mg; potassium 161mg; sodium 244.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg.