Monday, April 19, 2010

I love Ratatouille!

Ratatouille.. Ratatouille.. I love how it sounds and how it tastes! A simple dish from the south of France, which really allows the flavors of the vegetables to shine through. There are a million recipes for Ratatouille out there - the vegetables are either cooked together, or baked or cooked individually and then combined so that they retain their shape. I followed a recipe from Jacques Pepin's show. I love watching cookery shows on PBS and Pepin's show in particular. He demystifies French cuisine for novices like me and presents many simple dishes in his quiet and unpretentious style. Anyway, Ratatouille tastes fantastic at room temperature, or slightly warm. It can be served with bread, pasta or couscous. To me, this was the obvious choice for It's a Vegan World : France.

2 Japanese Eggplants, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
3 Medium Zucchini/Yellow Squash, diced
2 Bell Peppers (any kind), diced
2 C tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, smashed
1 medium Onion, sliced
1 T Olive oil
1/2 t dried basil
1/4 t dried thyme
1/8 t dried rosemary
1/2 t Cayenne pepper
1/2 t black pepper
2 T black olives (optional)
Salt to taste

Heat olive oil in a wide bottomed pan and add the onions and garlic. When the onions turn translucent, add the bell peppers and saute for a few minutes. Add the diced eggplant and squash, salt and herbs. After about 5 minutes, add the tomatoes, salt, pepper and cayenne. Let cook on low heat for about 20 minutes. Garnish with black olives if desired.


  1. Hi...this is so healthy, yummy and colorful too..

  2. I love Pepin shows too.. simple quick and delicious recipes! This ratatouille looks colorful and yummy.

  3. @ Palatable: yes it is healthy too! thanks.

    @ PJ: Don't you just love his accent as well? thanks!

  4. Thank you for sending your recipe to It's a Vegan World French


  5. How about a recipe for that delicious couscous salad you keep making?



  6. @ R.Urulai: :D that's my first recipe !

  7. Hey, thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your comments.
    Somehow, I always thought that ratatouille was something sweet. This sounds like a do-able recipe.

  8. I love ratatouille too!! Isnt it amazing to have all those veggies with the lovely flavours combined?

  9. Hey,

    Lovely dish out there....What did you have t with? Is it a main course on its own? or do y ou have it with ciabatta/ warm bread??


  10. @ anubhavati, thanks for visiting. I had it with bread. Ciabatta would go very well, as would Sourdough. Couscous is good as well.