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Ratatouille from Let's Cook by Siba Mtongana

A delicious deconstructed vegetarian ratatouille loaded with eggplants, tomato, marrows and cheese that's child friendly and esy to make. Recipe comes from Let's Cook by Siba Mtongana.
Course Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten Free, No Added Sugar, Nut Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegetarian, Wheat Free

Ingredients
  

Tomato Relish

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 sticks celery sliced
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ratatouille

  • 3 medium aubergines thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon flaky sea salt
  • 2 tablespoon chermoula spice * see note
  • 4 tablespoon canola oil for frying
  • 6 large marrows thinly sliced
  • 3 large tomatoes thinly sliced and patted dry
  • 4 fresh mozerella chese balls thinly sliced
  • 30 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 cup mozerella cheese grated

Instructions
 

Tomato Relish

  • In a large sauce pan over a medium heat, heat the olive oil and sauté crushed garlic for one minute. Add the celery and tomato paste, stir well.
  • Pour in the canned tomatoes and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the tomatoes have disintegrated. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Ratatouille

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Place the aubergine slices on a tray and sprinkle salt on them and leave for 10 minutes to draw out some of the liquid. Pat dry the slices with paper towel to remove the salt and sprinkle chermoula spice over them.
  • In a large saucepan, heat half the oil and cook the aubergine in batches for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the marrow slices to the same pan and half-cook before setting aside as well.
  • Pour half of the homemade tomato relish into a casserole dish and spread it out. Layer the aubergine slices upright on the side of the dish, followed by the marrows, tomato slices, mozzarella slices and finally the basil leaves, reserving some for a garnish.
  • Continue layering until you have used up all the ingredients and the dish is full, then spoon the remaining tomato relish on top. Finish off with a sprinkle of grated mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Then turn the grill on for 5 minutes to slightly brown the cheese.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting and serving. Garnish with basil leaves and enjoy!

Notes

*To make your own chermoula spice blend combine:
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons sea salt
4 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon black pepper