Definition of baba ganoush in English:

baba ganoush

(also baba ghanouj)


  • [mass noun] A thick sauce or spread made from pureed aubergines and sesame seeds, typical of eastern Mediterranean cuisine.

    • ‘They're all excellent, from subtle versions of hummus and baba ghanouj to a rollicking, red-peppery eggplant relish cryptically dubbed ‘eggplant with sauce.’’
    • ‘So did the eggplant spread known as baba ghanouj, which was further distinguished by its understated touch of lemon.’
    • ‘One has to explain that while Tazka delivers real humus (four leva) and baba ganoush (four leva), ours weren't quite as tasteful as what we're used to.’
    • ‘The food is tasty, cheap and plentiful: olives, hummus, baba ganoush (aubergine dip), falafel, kibbeh (lamb meatballs), fasoula, tabouleh (cracked wheat salad).’
    • ‘We had already bathed in the smoky, garlicky bliss of Mary's superb baba ghanouj.’
    • ‘We had a veritable feast of Middle-Eastern dippy things: baba ganoush, fouls medames, tabbouleh.’
    • ‘Hummus, baba ghanouj, and foul mudammas (fava beans stewed with tomatoes and onion) arrived decked with apple slices, crisp-fried spinach, and sesame seeds.’
    • ‘Most baba ghanouj dips in town depend on garlic, or lemon, or quantities of sesame-based tahini sauce for their character.’
    • ‘Sometimes I find a dip, like a homemade hummous or baba ganoush on the menu.’
    • ‘For $3.50, you can get stuffed vine leaves, baba ganoush or hummus, served with a thick coating of delicious olive oil.’
    • ‘Pita bread, hummus (chickpea dip), baba ghanouj (eggplant dip), and tabbouleh (a salad of parsley and bulgur or cracked wheat), have become mainstays on health food menus.’
    • ‘Share hot and cold mezzes such as hummus and baba ghanouj or steamed mussels with preserved lemon or a new selection of Mediterranean-style marinated raw fish.’
    • ‘Sandwiches are filled with hummus or baba ganoush.’
    • ‘It was about the baba ghanouj, the puréed eggplant that's a staple in any Lebanese fast food joint - and there are three of them in this town.’
    • ‘A plate of crisp pitta toasts, mounds of home-made chickpea cream and roasted aubergine baba ganoush with chopped egg makes for a satisfying light meal.’


From Egyptian Arabic, from Arabic bābā, literally father + ghannūj, perhaps a personal name.


baba ganoush

/ˌbɑːbə ɡaˈnuːʃ/