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Friday, January 9, 2009

Lavash n Baba ganoush :another healthy chip-n-dip




Crispy Lavash crackers with creamy Baba ganoush in another exquisite all vegetarian chip-n-dip of Mediterranean flavors ,besides the popularPita chips with Hummus.Its perfect as appetizer or for snacking.

Lavash
The crispy flat breadLavash is originally from Armenia ,also popular among its neighbors Turkey,Iran and Azerbaijan.The lavash crackers are simple to make and crisp in texture.I added a tablespoon of the super healthy flax seed meal for added nutrition.Traditionally rolled very thin,I kept them thicker,although you could roll them as thin as you can.

Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour (or use 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all purpose flour)
1 pack active dry yeast,about 1 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon Extra virgin Olive oil
1 tablespoon flax seed meal(For added nutrition)
For topping
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon Onion seeds or caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds or mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander or cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika or chilli powder.

Method
Dissolve the yeast in warm water, allow the yeast to get frothy, about 10 minutes.In a large bowl combine the flour, Flax seed meal and salt. Add the yeast mixture and olive oil and knead until well combined.Apply some more oil on the sides of the bowl cover and allow to rise until double it size about 3-4 hours.
Preheat Oven to 400F.
Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets or baking trays,or bake in 2 batches in one cookie sheet.Roll out the dough as thin as possible on a lightly floured surface.Brush with some oil ,evenly sprinkle the toppings all over the dough.Using a pizza cutter or a knife cut the dough in to square or rectangle or diamond shape,do not separate the pieces, as they will snap apart after baking.cuts.Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.Remove from tray and cool briefly and separate the pieces along the cut lines.


Baba Ganoush
An exotic name for a Hummus like spread made with egg plants(aubergines\brinjals),call it the middle eastern Baingan bartha.In Palestine its also known as mutabbal(Eggplant salad).Usually made with no added hotness from chillies,I added 2 dry red chillies to add to a spicy kick to the dip.Its traditionally charred on a charcoal grill for the distinctive smoky flavor and the skin is completely peeled.Since i roasted it in an oven ,the skin was not quite charred and I blended in some of the skin too, ,couldn't let go of the nutrients in the skin.

Ingredients
1 large American eggplant,about 1 pound
1/2 cup tahini paste(check the link for how to make tahini paste)
1/2 a fresh lemon,about 3 table spoon.
2 cloves garlic
2 dry red chillies(for heat,optional though)
1 teaspoon salt
few sprigs of fresh herbs,cilantro or parsley
2 tablespoon extra virgin Olive oil

Method
Wash the eggplant,leave its stem on.Pierce each side of the eggplants with a fork or knife.Halve or place it whole e on a baking sheet.Roast in the oven or grill or char on a stove top until cooked through.About 45 minutes in the oven until skin is blackened and is soft to touch.
Let sit for few minutes until its cool enough to handle.Scoop out the pulp with a spoon in to bowl.Blend the pulp to a smooth paste along with the tahini paste,fresh squeezed lemon juice,garlic ,chillies,herbs and salt. Transfer in the serving dish and drizzle with Olive oil.Serve with chips ,Steamed veggies, pita or in sandwiches or wraps .Store in refrigerator for up to a week or two.

This chip-n-dip is my entry for Srilekha's EFM:Savories along with the following savouries Methi Onion Pakodas,Bhendi Pakodas,Cauliflower Lollipops,Methi Khakhras With Achaari dip and Pita chips with hummus


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41 comments:

Gita's Kitchen said...

A healthy one Yasmeen, both look delicious, can lavash be made with whole wheat?

Shama Nagarajan said...

this is different yummy...do check my handicrafts blog..join in the event and pass ur suggestions

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is very rich dip. Looks so cool. YUM!

Happy cook said...

Wow a another very healthy treat from you.
Looks so yummy delicious.

Yasmeen said...

Thank you all:)
Gita,lavash is good even with the whole wheat flour.

Priya said...

Send me some lavash n baba ganoush Yasmeen, just drooling over them...looks yummy!!

Ann said...

this is completely new to me yasmeen..

Curry Leaf said...

Very healthy Y.I love baba ghanoush thgh not yet tried the lavash.It looks easy and quick.Thanks

ttfn300 said...

i'd LOVE to see this at the party :)

Vibaas said...

I like baba ganoush. Have not tried (actually even heard of) lavash crackers. Am sure it will be yum.

Joie de vivre said...

I make a greek version of this every summer that my husband and I love. I can't wait until eggplants are in season again and I can try yours.

Dibs said...

The brinji dip sounds yummy. I like the title 'chip-n-dip' :-))

Cham said...

Lavash came out superb! That would be a great way to snack!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

great..loooks nice yasmeen.

DK said...

I make both of these quite often. They are so warm and hearty foods!

jayasree said...

Both chip n dip look delicious. Going try the cracker soon.

Vij said...

Healthy n delicious yas!

rekhas kitchen said...

simply superb and very helthy too hummm when iam going finish the list that i book marked from you ! you are realy too good yaar

Varsha Vipins said...

Am drooling over that Baba ganoush..wow..

sowmya said...

lavash looks great..I made bab ghanouj too..have it in my blog..nice combo..

plutosangel said...

Yasmeen I cannot tell you how much I love your blog! this is just fabulous..and I like the new header image too :)

Sunshinemom said...

Another win!! Congrats, Yasmeen - yours is always a well deserved win:) This one is a winner for me!

Rajani said...

yasmeen babaganoush is my favorite arab dip, never had lavash crackers -so I will be trying these definitely.

Sara said...

I love baba ganoush - in fact, my grocery store is having a sale on eggplants. I'm going to pick one up today and make this!

Anjum said...

mind blowing yasmeen....u post such nice recipes...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks so tempting!New to me!

Cynthia said...

A healthy treat!

vidhas said...

looks awesome yasmeen

spicelover said...

A very healthy snack!!looks yum:)do check out my blog and give ur valuable suggestions.

Sharmila said...

Both look such interesting recipes. :-)Baba ganoush sounds doable. :-)

Adlak's tiny world said...

healthy and yummy dish yasmeen.. as usual superb click, beautiful pic...

Nithya Praveen said...

I love eating this,but dint know it was so easy!Will try this one.Thanks

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Navita said...

lavash is my fav. love the pics..m reaching into my screen.

Andhra Flavors said...

looks superb. healthy and innovative.

aquadaze said...

baba ganoush is my all time fave dip! Never tried making lavash at home though...must give it a shot!

jesse said...

Mmm, that dip looks so rich and delicious... you're making me hungry!

Malar Gandhi said...

Love hummus and pits chips so much, tangy protein dip! sounds a lot healthy to me. Love your display! Yummy...

SriLekha said...

looks yum and delicious!
healthy recipe too!

Bharti said...

This looks amazing. I love this stuff...make it fairly often. The lavash looks yummy. I often brush whole wheat pitas with olive oil and sprinkle with the seeds and toast. I'll try out this fresh version soon.

Shreya said...

This is totally new to me! Looks great, must be delicious..

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