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Moroccan Zaalouk Dip with Cilantro Oil is an aromatic eggplant and tomato dip that’s a little like a “Moroccan Ratatouille”.

moroccan zaalouk dip with cilantro oil

MOROCCAN ZAALOUK DIP WITH CILANTRO OIL

Redolent with garlic and Middle Eastern spices, Moroccan Zaalouk Dip is absolutely fabulous.  It’s especially delicious when served with a warm basket of  No Yeast Cilantro Oil Flatbread. 

Zaalouk is one of the most basic salads or relishes in Moroccan cuisine, and you can find many different versions across the country.  Some are velvety smooth, leaning heavily on eggplants.

But I favor a chunkier version that’s about half eggplant and half tomato.  I find it to be a bit more flavorful and love the texture on flatbread.  So that’s the recipe you’ll find here today, one that’s got plenty of Middle Eastern flavor, and plenty of body.

 

moroccan zaalouk dip with cilantro oil ingredients

GILDING THE LILY WITH A DRIZZLE OF CILANTRO OIL

Since I spent many years as a professional caterer, I always want to “gild the lily”.  I’ll usually do that by either adding a special ingredient, or perhaps using an unexpected garnish.

When I was making my usual recipe for Moroccan Zaalouk Dip, I decided I wanted to garnish it with something a little more fun than a sprinkle of cilantro.  Since I often add a drizzle of olive oil before serving, it seemed like a no-brainer to make a Cilantro Oil.

I think you’ll find it adds an extra layer of flavor to this recipe that kicks it up a notch.

YOU’LL FIND THE RECIPE FOR MOROCCAN ZAALOUK DIP WITH CILANTRO OIL AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.

 

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moroccan zaalouk dip with flatbread

Moroccan Zaalouk Dip with Cilantro Oil

Yield: 2 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This aromatic eggplant and tomato dip is a little like a "Moroccan Ratatouille, with the flavors of the Middle East blended to perfection. Try it with No Yeast Cilantro Oil Flatbread for a fabulously exotic appetizer!

Ingredients

  • CILANTRO OIL
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • ZAALOUK DIP
  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. chili flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh coriander, chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine the oil and fresh cilantro in a small bowl or cruet and hold for garnishing dip.
  2. Preheat broiler on high and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Cut eggplants in half lengthwise, place on prepared baking sheet and pierce a few holes in the skin with a knife.
  3. Place under the preheated broiler and roast until skins are blistered and is soft and cooked through. Place in ziploc bag for 5 minutes, peel and chop.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place garlic in
    pan and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste,
    onion powder, cumin, paprika, chili flakes, bay leaf, salt, pepper and sugar. Stir well to combine.
  5. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes or until reduced and thickened.
  6. Add chopped cooked eggplant to pan, and continue to cook covered for another 8-10 minutes, or until very thick. Remove from heat, add lemon juice and coriander, mix to combine.
  7. Garnish with a drizzle of Cilantro Oil. Serve with flatbreads.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 97Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 1mgSodium 268mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 1g

Nutritional information should be considered an estimate only; please consult a registered dietician, nutritionist, or your physician for specific health-related questions. Please note that the recipe above is published using a recipe card plugin, with preexisting software which can auto-calculate metric measurements, as well as change the number of servings.

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