Making Indian Ratatouille

All the veggies cut up

I don’t always manage to cook all the veggies I get in my basket from my CSA before the next week comes about. This week, I was bound and determined to do so. I looked at what I had, and found a recipe that would work, and spend the day, every time I went into the kitchen, gathering up the supplies, so they would all be there, and ready when it was time to cook.

The recipe, Indian Ratatouille, is from the Moosewood Restaurant New Classics. I was surprised, and delighted that not only did I have all the veggies, but I had almost all the spices. Now, granted, I didn’t have as much of all the ingredients as were called for, but I felt it was close enough.

Here is what was called for:

  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons veggie oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves (I usually use much more than that)
  • 1 fresh chile (I used dried chile)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root (I used dried)
  • 1 tspn ground cumin
  • 1 tspn ground coriander
  • 1/2 tspn turmeric
  • 1/2 tspn ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tspn ground cardamon
  • 1 tspn salt
  • pinch of saffron (which I didn’t have at all)
  • 1 cup of orange juice ( I used water)
  • 5 cups cubed eggplant (I had about 2 cups worth)
  • 4 cups cubed zucchini, squash, or pattypan (this I had, all of them)
  • 1 1/2 cups bell peppers (I had about a cup)
  • 3 cups fresh tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

cooking the veggies

As it is with onions, you cook those first, and then add the garlic, chile giner and spices. The eggplant and juice were added last, and then the squash bell peppers, tomatoes and basil.

It was amazing. I served it on rice, I had made earlier. I knew I had to make it again. Not sure how it will turn out with the orange juice, as this was great.  I’m sure the saffron will ad something to it.

And eating it all

This dish has lasted me for a few days now, and it great reheated.

So, now I got curious. What would the more traditional ratatouille taste like. I decided to make the Julia Child version next.

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