BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days
Country: Q for Qatar
Dish: Motabel (Smokey Eggplant & Tahini dip)
We are going to Qatar today because from the little I know there are no more countries that start with Q 🙂 Qatar is a sorerign Arab country located in Western Asia. It is world’s richest country per capita due to the presence of large natural gas reserves and oil reserves.
Roasting the eggplant directly on the stove gives the dish a nice smokey flavor. So if you can make sure to roast on the stove (foil wrap the stove to avoid burnt spots or just be ready to use some elbow grease to clean up the mess). If you have an electric stove or do not want to spend the time at the stove turning the eggplant, then bake the eggplant in a preheated 400°F oven for 30~40 minutes or until the skin is shrivelled and the flesh is cooked. Enjoy with some pita chips and crudite.
Recipe adapted from here.