Chickpea & Aubergine Dip
2 cups dried chickpeas, soaked in cold water for 6-8 hours and drained
1 carrot, peeled and cut up
4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 eggplants, cut lengthwise in half
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Harissa
1 tsp ground cumin
Combine the chickpeas, and carrot in a medium saucepan, add 4 cups water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the chickpeas are tender, about 1.5 hours. Drain, and reserve 1 cup of the liquid.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Toss the garlic and eggplant with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and arrange on a roasting pan, eggplant cut side down. Roast for 50 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
Scoop the flesh from the eggplant and transfer to a blender. Add the roasted garlic, chickpeas, harissa, cumin, the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the reserved liquid. Puree, adding more of the cooking liquid 2 to 3 tablespoons at a time as necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Cool & serve with veggies or pita