Baba ghanoug

Baba ghanoug  is a typical meze (starter), often eaten as a dip with pita bread, and is sometimes added to other dishes.

It is a smokey flavoured paste made from grilled egg plant, mixed with tahina, lemon juice and olive oil. The whole dish is flavoured with garlic and cumin.

The Arabic bābā means "father", while ghanoug could be a personal name.The word combination is also interpreted as "father of coquetry" or "indulged/pampered daddy."