R5 Hot Plates | January 26, 2009

Paired with a fragrant pile of hot pita triangles, this pretty plate of dippers will have you sighing with vegetarian contentment. Smoky babaganush, as rich and melting as butter, showcases roasted-‘til-gooey eggplant whipped with olive oil and nutty tahini. Lebni, or strained yogurt, arrives as white and dense as crème fraiche, with walnuts, dill and the delightful sparkle of salt. Meanwhile, humus at TCW is all about the chickpea; it’s fluffy and carefully balanced, where neither garlic, sesame, nor lemon drown out the ancient legume. Wind up with a corner-ful of patlican, a caponata-like salad of tomatoes and eggplant. A world of taste, and all for only $9.95.

Turkish Cuisine of Westchester 116 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains (914)683-6111; turkishcuisineny.com