Both Hummus and Baba Ganoush are popular, healthy spreads that are perfect for parties or just an everyday snack, but what is the difference between these 2 versatile dips? Although both dishes are comprised of similar ingredients, the primary ingredient in hummus is chickpeas, whereas Baba Ganoush is made mostly of eggplant. This difference might seem trivial, but this makes a huge impact on the taste. Many people feel that Hummus has a ‘nutty’ flavor, while Baba Ganoush has a more ‘earthy’ taste. Both of these dishes are high in fiber, rich in protein, and low in calories, making them the perfect, healthy addition to your diet.
- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) cooked chickpeas
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) well-stirred tahini, see our homemade tahini recipe
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt to taste
- 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) water
- Dash of ground paprika or sumac for serving
- 2 pounds Italian eggplant (about 2 small-to-medium eggplants*)
- 2 medium cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, more if necessary
- ¼ cup tahini
- ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing the eggplant and garnish
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus extra for garnish
- ¾ teaspoon salt, to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- Pinch of smoked paprika for garnish
- Add the chickpeas, garlic, and tahini to the food processor and blend. Add the olive oil and liquid ingredients and blend to the preferred consistency.
- Add garnish and enjoy!
Directions Baba Ganoush:
- Grill or roast the eggplant and remove the skin.
- Add the eggplant, garlic, and tahini to the food processor and blend. Add the olive oil and liquid ingredients and blend to the preferred consistency.
- Add garnish and enjoy!
Serving suggestions: Warmed or toasted pita wedges, carrot sticks, bell pepper strips, cucumber slices, etc.
These dips freeze well so it is easy to keep these tasty spreads on hand for your next party.
Given the similar list of ingredients, it is easy to make these dishes together in order to save time while adding variety to your diet. Use Hummus or Baba Ganoush as a dip or a spread, taking your next snack to the next level in a satisfying, yet healthy way. In addition, making these tasty spreads from scratch is another way to save money and help the environment by avoiding adding more plastic containers to your next shopping trip. Be sure to try these recipes and share your thoughts.
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