Grilled Eggplant Dip (Mutabal)

Mutabal is a delicious eggplant dip. Its key ingredients are grilled eggplant and tahini with some lemon, herbs, and spices, which give it smoky, nutty, peppery, and lemony flavors. This is the authentic recipe, and it is way better than modified recipes that use yogurt.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
12 servings


  • 4 large Italian eggplants

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt, or to taste

  • 1 lemon, juiced, or more to taste

  • 3 tablespoons tahini, or more to taste

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 leaf chopped fresh mint

  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds, or to taste


  1. Preheat a charcoal grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Prick the skin of the eggplants several times with a knife.

  2. Cook directly on the preheated grill, turning frequently, until eggplants have collapsed and are very soft and the skin has charred, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to cool, about 15 minutes.

  3. When eggplants are cool enough to handle, cut them in half and scrape out the flesh. Put the flesh into a colander and place over a bowl to drain, 5 to 10 minutes.

  4. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add crushed garlic and salt, and mash until creamy, about 5 minutes. Whisk in lemon juice, tahini, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and black pepper. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

  5. Taste, adjust seasonings, and stir in parsley and mint. Transfer to a small dish. Use the back of a spoon to swirl indentations on the surface, drizzle with remaining olive oil, and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

121 Calories
7g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 121
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 330mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 9g 30%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 560mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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