Smokey Eggplant and Mint Dip : Creamy and delicious dip/spread made easily at home and goes with bread/crackers/vegetables. etc. It’s a protein-packed healthy snack.
If I say ‘I love eating eggplants‘, many of you would look at me with concerned eyes. I know, I know but I cannot get enough of this Smokey Eggplant and Mint Dip. It’s a creamy dip with a smokey-minty flavors which just melts in your mouth.
I’ve been having it for gosh…..so many years and I never realized that I had not shared this simple recipe. It’s one of that easy and healthy dish that’s pretty multifaceted. It can be served as a dip with a fresh cut vegetable tray or baked chips/bread or it can be served as a side with any brunch or meal.
This dish can be made by roasting the eggplant in the oven but that lacks the smokey flavor that takes this dish a notch higher. It’s the slow roasting of the eggplant over direct heat that does the trick.
I’m posting the pictures of roasting the eggplant over direct heat and peeling it.
Hope it makes the process easy. I’ve used some cumin powder, chilies and extra mint powder to decorate it, which is totally optional.
Roasting the eggplant, oozes water or liquid from it which is quite bitter in taste. Now since we will not further cook the eggplant with any spices or other ingredients, hence we need to wash the eggplant after peeling the charred skin and keep it pressed under a heavy utensil to drip all the liquid out of it.
This takes about 5-6 minutes. Then wash the eggplant again and continue with the process. (If you wonder why your eggplant tasted sour, this could be one of the reason).
The Picture Collage above displays an easy way of roasting eggplants over flames.
Always be very careful, roasting eggplant over direct flames. Switch on the vent and open windows(If any around the area). Also keep a bowl of chilled water or ice near you.
Once the eggplant is roasted well, keep it on an ice bowl or bowl filled with chilled water. Once it’s easy to touch, slowly peel the charred skin using a fork.
Press the peeled eggplant with a heavy bottom pan to ooze out any excessive fluid/juice (this juice is sour, hence discard immediately). (Picture Collarge above)
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