By - Radiant_Okra_23
Zaalouk is a delicious, smoky eggplant dip made with fresh ingredients such as roasted eggplants, tomatoes and olive oil. It's great as a dip for crusty bread or perfect as a side salad.
Original Recipe posted here: [Morrocan Zaalouk Recipe](https://ikneadtoeat.com/zaalouk-moroccan-eggplant-salad/)
* 2 large eggplants
* 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
* 2-3 large fresh tomatoes pureed in the blender
* 1 teaspoon tomato paste
* 5-6 garlic cloves roughly chopped
* 2 tablespoons fresh coriander chopped
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon cumin powder
* 1 teaspoon paprika powder
**Roast the Eggplants:**
* Line a baking sheet with foil, and grease it with a little bit of oil. Preheat the oven to 200 c.
* Trim the eggplants and slice into half lengthwise.
* Place skin side up on to the baking tray, and roast for about 30 minutes.
* Remove from oven, and let the eggplants come to room temperature.
* Scoop out the flesh with a spoon and place on the side. Discard the skin.
**Prepare the Tomato Base:**
* Heat the olive oil in a skillet.
* Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, coriander, and spices and cook for 10 minutes or until the tomatoes have achieved a jammy consistency.
* Now add the roasted eggplant flesh, and cook for about 10 minutes until all of the ingredients have combined well.
* Transfer to a bowl and serve with bread or pita.
* Tomatoes: Traditionally recipes call for chopped tomatoes, but I find that pureed tomatoes cook down faster.
* Tomato paste: Not used in the original recipe, I find tomato paste adds additional flavor and a beautiful color to the dip.
* Storage: Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
**Nutrition**Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 603mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 854IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
After scooping the eggplant flesh, don't discard the cupped skins but use them as edible plates.
That’s a great idea!
I've eaten this. It's freaking fantastic with almost anything
It is an amazing dip! :)
I really would be hRd pressed to have it on something that wouldn't be good.
I will be making this with my fresh garden eggplants. I love Moroccan food and have fond memories of my time in Morocco .
Eggplants from your garden are perfect for this dip! Enjoy!
Reminds me of Pav Bhaji.
Reminds me of bharta sabji, almost the exact same thing
That as well!
Yes they probably have similarities
OP do you know about Pav bhaji?
Yes u/Radiant_Okra_23 do you?
Yes actually I do know what pav bhaji is
Which do you like better?
I like both 😄
It is Baingan Ka Bharta
A little different flavor wise. We add fresh chopped onion and green chillies to baingan bharta.
That looks absolutely delicious!
Thanks for posting! I saved this one for the future since I love baba ghanoush.
The additional tomatoes and spices are definitely up my alley and I had no idea this existed. Thanks again.
Yes, it's super delicious! Hope you enjoy it :)
How does the taste compare to Baba ghanoush?
Baba ghanoush has tahini and different spices in it. Zaalouk is made with a base of tomatoes and spices. Hope this helps!
Yum, this kinda reminds me of ajvar, a Balkan eggplant and red pepper spread
Definitely making this - might roast the garlic while the eggplant is going!
Yes roasting the garlic will be so good!!
You had me at eggplant :-)
Sounds so good
This looks amazing!
Thank you! :)
It’s so good. So good. I always make a loaf of focaccia to eat with it.
I love the idea of focaccia with this!
Can I use a non-foil baking sheet ?
Yes, you can but make sure to grease the baking sheet well as the eggplant has a tendency to stick. Hope this helps!
This looks delicious.
this looks yum! im gonna try to make this
Do you have a recipe for naan?
Wow never heard of this but it's exactly the flavours/ingredients I love. All I need to buy to make it right now is the aubergines/eggplants, definitely trying it. Thanks OP!
Yay! I hope you enjoy it :)
Moroccan here and I never tried making it myself. As I have to make my own food sometimes the recipe should be added to my tiny arsenal of meals. Thanks!
That looks fantastic. I've had it in restaurants, but I'll have to try making it.
In the US we get a few varieties of paprika - usually "sweet", "spicy", or "smoked". I'm guessing from your description that we'd use smoked paprika?
Yes smoked paprika
That looks so good!
Thanks a lot!
I'm going to have to add this to my list to make. I wonder if you could add some soft tofu to add some protein to it without compromising the flavor.
I'm not sure how that would work, but you can definitely add some crispy tofu as a topping?
Oh that is a better idea. Good call!
Just had to come back to say I made this and it was amazing. While I was roasting the aubergines I also roasted the garlic cloves in a foil package since roasted garlic is the best. Just wolfed half of it down with a flatbread and have the rest in the fridge for tomorrow. I didn't have any recipes with aubergine in my repertoire, this makes a great addition.
I’m sooo happy that you enjoyed the recipe!! Thanks for the feedback 😊
You're welcome and thank you again for the recipe!
So happy someone knows about zaalouk
Sorry not yet!
It’s quite easy! I hope you like it 😁
What is the taste and texture of eggplant similar to?
It goes great with this [easy yogurt flatbread] (https://youtu.be/FOsZEufdFtk)