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Chef Randa poses with ingredients, parsley, tomatoes and spices on a wood table.

Randa of Sanctuary Kitchen and her Middle Eastern dip, mutabal.

Mutabal is a smoky Middle Eastern dip made with roasted eggplant and yogurt. It is slightly different from baba ganoush: the addition of yogurt here is a very Syrian preparation. It is recommended to serve it with grilled meat or chicken, but it is also great spread on warm pita bread.

Randa’s Mutabal

Serves 4-6


  • 3 eggplants, medium size
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup tahini (to taste)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika



  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh parsley or mint
  • Aleppo pepper flakes
  • Sliced or diced tomatoes
A decorative cloth and a plate of soft mutabal with mint, olive oil, parsley, and chili flake garnishes.


Roast the eggplant whole on a baking sheet in the oven at 425 degrees until soft.

Once cool, remove the skins. Mash the eggplant with a fork or chop with a knife.

Add yogurt, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt and paprika, and mix until blended.

Transfer to a shallow bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with the fresh herbs and tomato and serve.


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