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baba ghanouj

Syllabification: ba·ba gha·nouj
Pronunciation: /ˌbäbə ɡəˈno͝oSH
(also baba ganoush /ɡəˈno͞oSH/)

Definition of baba ghanouj in English:


A thick sauce or spread made from ground eggplant and sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic, typical of eastern Mediterranean cuisine.
Example sentences
  • The food is tasty, cheap and plentiful: olives, hummus, baba ganoush (aubergine dip), falafel, kibbeh (lamb meatballs), fasoula, tabouleh (cracked wheat salad).
  • Hummus, baba ghanouj, and foul mudammas (fava beans stewed with tomatoes and onion) arrived decked with apple slices, crisp-fried spinach, and sesame seeds.
  • They're all excellent, from subtle versions of hummus and baba ghanouj to a rollicking, red-peppery eggplant relish cryptically dubbed ‘eggplant with sauce.’


from Egyptian Arabic, from Arabic bābā, literally 'father' + gannuug, perhaps a personal name.

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