Chickpea, Aubergine And Red Pepper Casserole

by Vegetarian Step-By-Step |

Preparation Time

60 minutes






Blend the cooked casserole mixture until almost smooth with a few lumps for added texture

Finger Food

Make sure the chopped veg is cut into chunky, finger-friendly pieces that are easy for your toddler to pick up.


  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp coriander seeds

  • 2 tsp dried oregano

25g shelled Brazil nuts, roughly chopped

1 red pepper, halved and deseeded

1 aubergine, thickly sliced

3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing

2 onions, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 400g canned chopped tomatoes

  • 400g cooked chickpeas

450ml vegetable stock

Sea salt and pepper

  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, to garnish

This winter warmer will fill you up and any extra portions can be easily frozen for later

1. Fry the cumin and coriander seeds in a dry pan over a medium heat until fragrant. Add the oregano, fry for a few seconds, then immediately remove the mixture from the pan.

2. Put the seed mixture and the Brazil nuts into a blender and grind to a powder. Set aside. Preheat the grill to high.

3. Brush the aubergine slices with oil put in a roasting tray with the red pepper, cut-side down. Place under the preheated grill for 7-10 minutes, turning the aubergine slices once, until the aubergine is golden on both sides and the red pepper is blackened.

4. Cover the red pepper with a clean tea towel for 10 minutes to loosen the skin.

5. Heat the oil in a heavy based casserole over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry for five minutes, until translucent.

6. Stir in the powdered seed mixture and garlic and fry for a further 2-3 minutes.

7. Peel the skin off the peppers and slice the grilled vegetables into bite-sized chunks.

8. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, red pepper, aubergines and stock to the seed and garlic mixture. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.

Vegetarian Step-by-Step

This recipe is from Vegetarian Step-by-Step, part of Parragon Books’ range of Love Food cookbooks

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