Stir the salt into the yogurt and pour into the cheesecloth. Bring the cloth together into a bundle and secure with a string. Hang the bundle over a bowl (or wide pitcher), making sure the bottom of the cheesecloth is suspended in air (you don’t want it sitting in the liquid).
I used to do this by securing the bundle to a wooden spoon. Cover the whole contraption, and refrigerate for at least 24 hours, but go longer if you like – it’s all about personal preference. Much of the liquid will drain out and the yogurt will thicken. Remove from the cloth. You can use it as is, or stir in your favorite herbs or spices.
Steam the zucchini chunks in the microwave or in a steamer basket on the stove top until the zucchini is translucent and tender. Pour the zucchini into a colander and drain very well.
Add the zucchini and all the other ingredients to the bowl of a food processor (I think it would probably be fine processed in a blender, also) and blend until the desired consistency is reached. I like it fairly smooth.
Serve at room temperature or chilled with sliced vegetables and pretzels.
½ medium eggplant
1 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic peeled
⅛ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini
¼ tsp. ground cumin
Optional : smoked paprika and cilantro for garnish
Slice eggplant into ½ inch thick rounds, place on baking sheet in a 375°F oven for about 3040 minutes or
until tender. To save time, and give the eggplant a little bonus smoky flavor, you could also put under the
broiler, turning frequently until charred outside and soft inside. When eggplant is cool enough, peel it and
Peel the garlic and, with food processor running, drop it into the processor and process until finely chopped.
Add the eggplant, lemon juice, salt, cumin and tahini, and process until it forms a smooth paste.
Pour into a serving bowl, sprinkle a little extra cumin over the surface, and let stand for 30 minutes to allow
the flavor to develop.
Taste it – and adjust accordingly. Mine took an extra dash of salt and then it was perfect. You can also add a
sprinkling of smoked paprika if you prefer a smokier flavor. A smidge of cilantro is also nice with this.
Serve like you would a hummus – with veggies, crackers or pita bread.