Friday, September 19, 2014

Motabel/Qatari Eggplant Dip ~~ Qatari Cuisine

Q, this alphabetical letter dont have many options when its comes to a country's name. For this month's long blogging marathon, we marathoners are running Around the world in 30days as theme starting with alphabets. After the alphabet 'P', today we are landing to Qatar, this country and its cuisine is not that much familiar for me,i just travelled twice in Qatar airways  and have seen their airport. Apart from it, this Country is quite unknown for me,but for my surprise their foods are very much known as the most important influence on Qatar's food came with the arrival of other Arab people as Levantine (also known as Lebanese) cuisine arrived. This brought hummus, tabbouleh, and spices that are now common in Qatar and throughout much of the Middle East.The region also changed its food due to the influence from others who came and went with the trade moving to and from the Persian Gulf. The Persians, Indians, and even the Europeans arrived with new ingredients and ideas that changed the cuisine. This led to the greater prevalence of rice in the dishes and again new spices and ingredients arrived in greater numbers.

In the modern age foods from abroad have been introduced to Qatar, but none have truly changed the traditional foods. Most traditional dishes remain the same, but ethnic foods are now more common and available, including Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Italian, and American foods. These foods are growing in popularity partially due to the fact that people from these countries live and work in Qatar and partially due to the fact that the locals also enjoy these foreign foods on occasion.

Motabel,Qatari Eggplant Dip,Vegan Eggplant dip

Hummus, rice,tabbouleh,Falafel, Kebab, Machbous, Motabel are mainly cooked and eaten by Qatari peoples. Desserts like Om ali (bread pudding), Mehalabiya(pistachio pudding),Eash Asaraya(a cheesecake) are famous in Qatar. Coming to today's post  Motabel, a dip made with eggplant, tahini which ressembles almost like younger sister of Baba ganoush.This dip is a vegan dip which can be enjoyed thoroughly with anything. Just cooking the eggplants takes time,else this dip is very quick to prepare. Tahini, the sesame paste is a must in this dip, which gives a subtle flavor and aroma to this eggplant dip. We had this eggplant dip with pita chips and loved it.

Tahini paste: dry roast 1 cup of the sesame seeds and grind as fine paste by adding 2tablespoons of olive oil. Tahini paste is ready to use.

Vegan Qatari eggplant dip

Recipe source:
3nos Medium eggplants
1tbsp Olive oil
1/3cup Tahini paste
1tbsp Minced garlic
4tbsps Lemon juice
1/2tsp Salt
1/2tsp Pepper powder
3nos Green chillies

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place eggplant on lightly greased baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes, or until eggplant is tender. Once roasted, remove from oven and allow to cool.

Peel the skins of the eggplants, keep aside.

In a food processor, combine and blend tahini, garlic,salt and green chillies.

Add in eggplant and blend well,add in olive oil.

Remove from food processor and place in serving bowl.

Stir in lemon juice and sprinkle the pepper powder

Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for upto three days.


Varada's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Not a fan of eggplant but my family would love this. Roasted eggplant in the dip sounds so good.

Mayuri Patel said... Reply To This Comment

a refreshing dip... light but tasty.

Vimitha Durai said... Reply To This Comment

Would be perfect with some pita chips

great-secret-of-life said... Reply To This Comment

perfect flavourful dip.. Love to try soon

Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

Same pinch Priya. I made the same dish for Q :0)

MySpicyKitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Nice dip to serve with pita.

nandoos kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

nice tasty chutney..

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

wow this is a perfect dip!!!

Menaga Sathia said... Reply To This Comment

looks very nice ...

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

I was supposed to do this Priya, changed to keep up with my theme..:)..such an inviting bowl!

The Pumpkin Farm said... Reply To This Comment

i wanted to make it but missed it..yours looks nice

Elisabeth said... Reply To This Comment

Yet, another way of making this yummy eggplant dip. I usually make it Italian style, or Israeli way. Love the recipe!

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Perfect combo for warm pita bread! I didn't know this variation or the name.

Priya said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely dip >perfect with some chips ..

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely dip.

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Similar to the bihari Chokha except the tahini in it makes all difference :) so tempting dip aks , pass me the bowl I will enjoy it with some chips right away !!

தக்குடு said... Reply To This Comment

ஹலோ இங்க என்ன நடக்குது! கத்தார் கத்திரிக்காயை பத்தி பெரிய டிஸ்கஷனே நடக்கர்து போலருக்கு! அடுத்த தடவை கத்தார் ஏர்வேஸ்ல வந்தா தோஹால ஒரு நாள் தங்கரமாதிரி வாங்கோ! நம்ப வீடு ஏர்போர்ட்டுக்கு மிக மிக அருகில் :)

Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

Must be a tempting dip for eggplant lovers.

Archana said... Reply To This Comment

This is a yummy dip. my kids don't like eggplant but they will never realize what they are eating.Wish I knew how make the devil sign.:D

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

I guess this is the quatari name for baba ganoush - looks great you achieved perfect texture

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

I love eggplant in any form. This dip looks awesome...

Padmajha said... Reply To This Comment

Nice dip Priya...

cookingwithsapana said... Reply To This Comment

Very nice dip recipe.