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Baba Ganoush – A Turkish Meze Of Yoghurt & Aubergine

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Today we’re making delicious baba ganoush!

Summer is well and truly underway now. And this is perfect weather for exploring Turkish meze recipes.

In particular, yoghurt-based meze recipes; perfect for keeping the body cool on ridiculously hot summer days.

This yoghurt-based meze also uses a people’s foodie favourite, aubergine. We’ve done a Turkish aubergine salad, previously, but this one is different again.

There are lots of different recipes out there for baba ganoush; some people use tahini (sesame paste) and / or walnuts.

The variations come from different preferences. And also because baba ganoush is eaten around the Middle East.

It’s a popular Lebanese dish, for example, and is also eaten in Syria.

Its popularity in Syria probably explains why, in Turkey, baba ganoush is commonly associated with the Hatay region which borders Syria.

Baba Ganoush Recipe – Yoghurt & Aubergine Salad

We don’t want to cause intense foodie debate at this point as to what ingredients should and shouldn’t be included in a baba ganoush recipe.

In fact, Syrian Foodie In London even says it’s not ‘baba ganoush’ but ‘mutabal‘.

From now on, we’ll also refer to this dish with its common Turkish name, Yoğurtlu Patlıcan Salatası (Yoghurt & Aubergine Salad).

Baba Ganoush Ingredients
Fill your kitchen with the aroma of roasted aubergine and garlic

For this recipe, we go for roasted flavours. Also, as the weather is so warm, we want a lighter, refreshing meze so we’re making baba ganoush without tahini.

We love to use tahini in our hummus recipe. And our Antalya white bean salad, too.

But, for our baba ganoush recipe, let’s celebrate the roasted flavours of the aubergine and the garlic.

Serving Up Time

When you’re ready to serve…

Baba Ganoush Recipe
Yoghurt and aubergine are a perfect match

Sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley over the top, along with a drizzle of olive oil.

Some recipes also add chopped walnuts, too. But, as we said with the omission of the tahin (tahini), we keep ours light in summer.

Just a few black olives and turşu (pickled jalapeno peppers, in this case) on the side.

Okay, let’s make this Turkish yoghurt and aubergine salad…

Baba Ganoush Recipe – Yoghurt & Aubergine Salad

There are lots of variations in the ingredients for baba ganoush as it is enjoyed in countries around the Middle East. This is a light summer Turkish version.
Course Meze
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 173kcal
Author Turkey’s For Life


For The Baba Ganoush

  • 3 medium aubergines
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp süzme yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • ½ tsp dried mint
  • 1 pinch salt

For The Garnish

  • ½ bunch parsley finely chopped
  • 1 drizzle olive oil


  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  • Arrange your aubergines onto a baking tray and place in the centre of the oven.
  • Roast for around 30 minutes, until soft.
  • Around 5 minutes before you remove your aubergines, add your garlic cloves to the tray and allow to cook and soften.
  • Remove the aubergine and garlic from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Now make a slit down the centre of your aubergines.
  • Carefully scrape out the pulp, removing excess seeds.
  • Add the pulp to a bowl.
  • Now remove the skin from your garlic, roughly chop and smash it with a knife.
  • Add this to your aubergine pulp.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice over your mixture.
  • Now add your yoghurt and mix everything together.
  • Add your olive oil, mint & salt and mix thoroughly.
  • Do a taste test and add more lemon or yoghurt to your taste.
  • Serve with a sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley and a drizzle of olive oil


  • As with all of our recipes, calories are only meant as a guide and will differ depending on quantities.
  • In our photo, you can see 5 aubergines and the recipe says to use 3. Our aubergines were very small so we used 5.
  • The lemon not only adds flavour to your yoghurt and aubergine salad; it also prevents the aubergine pulp from discolouring.

And that’s how to make your yoğurtlu patlıcan salatası…or even baba ganoush, dare we say?

As you might expect, baba ganoush goes really well with homemade falafel.

For ideas for some other summer Turkish meze recipes, click this link to take a look at our 5 favourite meze recipes for barbecue season.

Next up – View these easy Turkish aubergine recipes and our complete index of Turkish recipes.

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April Ozbilgin

Tuesday 26th of May 2015

I love yogurtlu patlican salatasi! I like to throw some on the grill while grilling and get that smokey flavor! Yours looks delicious! Especially with those jalapenos!

Turkey's For Life

Wednesday 27th of May 2015

We love jalapenos on the side on the side, April, just for the contrast of the hot pickled flavour with the smokiness of the aubergine and the creaminess of the yoghurt. :)

Ozlem's Turkish Table

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Delicious! I love all mezzes with aubergine, such a great fit. You're right, many varieties re this mezze, and they all are delicious :) Elinize saglik! Ozlem

Turkey's For Life

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

It's difficult to live in Turkey and NOT eat aubergines so it's a good job we love them so much Özlem. :)


Monday 9th of June 2014

always one of the nicest and most refreshing mezes - and so many great variations

Turkey's For Life

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

LOTS of variations... :)

Ozge Kaya

Sunday 8th of June 2014

and also ground walnut :)

Turkey's For Life

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Yeah, we love walnuts in meze like this Özge. :)

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