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FOOD DUEL: Baba Ganoush vs Hummus

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  • Dec 17th, 2010 2:06 am

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FOOD DUEL: Baba Ganoush vs Hummus

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Baba Ganouj is an Arab dish of eggplant mashed and mixed with various seasonings.
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Hummus is an Arab dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
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Credit to wikipedia for the descriptions.
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I've never tried Baba Ganoush, but I do like eggplant.... Absolutely hate hummus!!!!!
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Wow, i never expected this thread. I hate baba ganoush with a passion. Prefer hummus any day of the week over that. (I am lebanese btw).
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Love them both. No way to choose between them so I was glad to see the equal option.

I like all the variations of hummus that are available today, the topped versions etc..
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Spicy hummus ftw....top that with some bits of homemade prosciutto and it's delish!!
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Its close to a tie, they both lose. If I had to pick one I'd pick the baba ghanouj because hummus to me tastes like sand. I only like chick peas in soup form.
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shawarma plate with hummus and garlic sauce FTW
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I will fight to the death for baba ganoush over hummus
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I find hummous very very bland.. I still eat it but it's very rare I find one with any flavor.. So I chose baba
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Dec 14th, 2010 9:11 pm
I find hummous very very bland.. I still eat it but it's very rare I find one with any flavor.. So I chose baba
Have you tried spicy hummus and/or topping it with other stuff like olives, cheese etc. I'm also always on the hunt for different crackers....without the right cracker hummus is boring. I literally have boxes of different crackers in my cupboard lol
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weirdly, it depends on circumstance:

if it had to be one choice, on a given night, i'd choose babaganouj

if it had to be one choice, as a daily staple, i'd choose hummus
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Both can be good if made well. I prefer hummus though especially if it's lemony.
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boneca wrote:
Dec 14th, 2010 9:16 pm
Have you tried spicy hummus and/or topping it with other stuff like olives, cheese etc. I'm also always on the hunt for different crackers....without the right cracker hummus is boring. I literally have boxes of different crackers in my cupboard lol

Spicy hummous, red pepper hummous and other "hybrids" is not true hummous IMO.. I'm talking about the traditional dish with traditional ingredients, which I usually find to have next to NO flavor unless you find the odd place that really does a good job with it

Looks like only 2 of us chose baba while 13 chose hummous
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Both are delicious, although I give my vote to hummus.

Unfortunately, finding quality hummus or baba ghannouj is next to impossible. I can't stomach any of the store-bought hummus except the Compliments Organic (which is surprisingly good). Baba ghannouj is even worse since the majority seem to be an eggplant flavoured mayonnaise... why is there mayonnaise?!

My suggestion: Make it at home. It's very cheap and seriously easy to make. All you need is a food processor for hummus. Baba ghannouj is the same with less ingredients (minus roasting the eggplant first). Check out Alton Brown's recipes. Oh and uh... I don't know how he thinks peanut butter is a suitable replacement for tahini... it really isn't.

I can't stress this enough. There really is no comparison between proper preparation and the store-bought variations. At least grocery store baba ghannouj is edible. The hummus on the other hand (as others pointed out here) really does taste like sand.
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