Smoky Elegance: Mutabbal Delight


Dive into the rich flavors of the Middle East with Smoky Elegance: Mutabbal Delight, a delectable eggplant spread that tantalizes the palate. This creamy concoction is made from fire-roasted eggplants, blended with tahini, garlic, and lemon, resulting in a spread that is smoky, tangy, and utterly irresistible. Mutabbal, often enjoyed as a dip or a side, is a testament to the simplicity and richness of traditional Middle Eastern cuisine.

Smoky Elegance: Mutabbal Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6 people
  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 120 kcal
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Sodium: 150 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g


  • Large eggplants: 2 (approx. 1 kg or 35 ounces / 2.2 pounds)
  • Tahini (sesame paste): 60 grams (2.1 ounces / 0.13 pounds)
  • Lemon juice: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 15 grams (0.5 ounce / 0.033 pounds)
  • Olive oil: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Salt: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Ground cumin: 2 grams (0.07 ounces / 0.004 pounds)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Roasting Eggplants: Pierce eggplants with a fork and roast in a preheated oven at 200°C (390°F) or over an open flame until skin is charred and flesh is soft.
  2. Preparing Eggplant Flesh: Let cool, peel off the skin, and mash the flesh.
  3. Mixing Spread: Combine mashed eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and cumin. Blend until smooth.
  4. Garnishing: Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Roasting the eggplants over an open flame adds a deeper smoky flavor.
  • Removing as much skin as possible ensures a smooth texture.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make Mutabbal without tahini?

While tahini adds a distinct flavor, it can be omitted or replaced with almond butter for a different taste.

How long can I store Mutabbal?

It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

Is Mutabbal served warm or cold?

It can be served either way, but it's typically enjoyed at room temperature.