Vegan Moroccan Eggplant and Garbanzos

Moroccan eggplant and garbanzos

I suppose most vegan cooks have tried some version of an eggplant and garbanzo dish. I’ve tried several over the years, but today I finally have a winner!

I started with a recipe on The Blooming Platter of Vegan Recipes. I wasn’t familiar with the site: it came up in my eggplant and garbanzo search. The recipe wasn’t quite what I wanted, and I wound up changing¬†spices a bit and adding more liquid. I did, however, make the olive pesto on the same page. Just a little bit adds a big burst of flavor to the dish. Yummy!!

These days, my goal with the dishes I make these days is to pass the “dad test.” My dad has alway been a big meat and cheese eater:¬†now that he’s living with me, I’m showing him how delicious vegan can be. This rich combination of textures and flavors passed the dad test with flying colors.

I served this over brown rice, but any whole grain will do just fine. Try it over quinoa or barley! For extra nutrition, stir in 2-3 cups chopped vegetables in step 4, and simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbl oil, divided (optional)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup pureed tomatoes (about 4 medium plum tomatoes)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (miso broth works great)
  • 1/4 cup wine or more broth
  • 2 cups cooked garbanzos
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder (chipotle if you have it)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbl agave nectar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • zest of one small lime (about 2 tsp)
  • 2 Tbl chopped fresh cilantro

Method

  1. If using oil, heat 1 Tbl oil over medium heat and saute onion until it starts to soften, about 5 minutes. Otherwise, dry-saute the onion in a nonstick pan.
  2. Add the other Tbl of oil (if using), stir, and then add the eggplant. Saute, stirring frequently, until the eggplant softens and browns a little, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato, garlic, and bell pepper. Continue cooking and stirring frequently for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the broth, wine, garbanzos, spices, and agave. Stir and allow to simmer about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat. Salt and pepper to taste, then stir in the lime zest and cilantro.

Serve over whole grains and top with a spoonful of the olive pesto linked above.

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