Eggplant and Red Bell Pepper Dip

Eggplant and red bell pepper dip from Vegan: The Cookbook
Eggplant and red bell pepper dip
Eggplant and red bell pepper dip


Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves 4


• 2¼ pounds (1 kg) red bell peppers

• 3 eggplants (aubergines)

• juice of 1 lemon

• 2 cloves garlic, crushed

• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

• 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

• salt and freshly ground black pepper

• bread or warmed naan, to serve


Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C/Gas Mark 7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Arrange the red bell peppers and eggplants on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes, until they are tender and the skins are dark brown. 

Transfer the peppers and eggplants to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap (clingfilm), and set aside to cool. Remove and discard the eggplant skins and also the red bell peppers skins and seeds.

Using a food processor or high-speed blender, blend the eggplant and bell peppers until smooth. Using a low-speed setting, slowly add the lemon juice, then blend in the garlic, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and olive oil. Process until well combined. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then transfer to a bowl and serve with fresh bread or warm naan.


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