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Veggie Moussaka

From Tilda Kitchen

  • 120+ Minutes
  • Medium
  • Serves 8

Super veggie dish packed with pulses and vegetables, great for sharing.


Ingredients

Method

  • 2 packs Tilda Pure Basmati
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 red onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 can black eyed beans, drained
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 4 large aubergines
  • 600ml milk
  • 50g spelt or plain flour
  • 50g butter
  • 75g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 25g parmesan
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Salt and pepper to season

Notes

  1. Preheat the oven to 180degC/gas 4
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onions, garlic, oregano and allspice and fry on a medium heat for 6-8 minutes until softened
  3. Add the stock, chickpeas, black eyed beans and the tomatoes. Season with plenty of salt & pepper, bring to the boil and simmer for 20minutes. Add the rice.
  4. Meanwhile slice the aubergine into 1cm rounds. Place in a colander & sprinkle with a pinch salt, set aside for 15minutes to drain. Rinse the aubergine in cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper then spread onto a large roasting tray. Drizzle with oil season and roast for 20minutes until browned and cooked through.
  5. Warm the milk in a pan over a low heat. Once warm transfer into a jug, then return the pan to the heat, add the butter and allow to melt on a medium heat
  6. Stir in the flour to form a paste. Start adding the warmed milk a little at a time stirring well. Once all the milk has been added and the sauce is smooth and creamy add the feta, simmer for 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly then whisk in the egg yolks
  7. Assemble the moussaka by spooning a layer of the chickpea mixture into a large oven proof dish, followed by a layer of aubergine, repeat twice then cover with the cheese sauce.
  8. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake for 35-40minutes

 What is veggie moussaka?

Veggie moussaka is a super veggie dish packed with pulses and vegetables. Layers of aubergine, courgette, spinach, cheese, and onion create an array of alluring flavours and textures.

A casserole of vegetables submerged in herbs and allspice and sprinkled with parmesan cheese makes for a delicious dish perfect for sharing.

 Where is moussaka from?

Moussaka is a traditional Greek meal with various vegetables, lentils, and cheeses. A moussaka is easy to prepare and a family favourite in Greece, making it the perfect dish to share with family and friends at feasts and gatherings.

Traditionally known as an aubergine-based dish, veggie moussaka is a Greek delicacy enjoyed around the world. Surrounding countries such as Egypt and Turkey are also fond lovers of the specialised Greek dish.

 Can you freeze moussaka?

Whether it’s a whole tray or portioned leftovers, veggie moussaka can be safely stored in a freezer for several months.

Perfect for batch cooking, meal prep, and cutting down on food waste, veggie moussaka can be stored and defrosted to enjoy another day.

Serve over Tilda pure basmati rice for a delicious finish.

 What to serve with moussaka

Moussaka is a comforting meal that requires light side dishes to create a balanced and even dish.

Greek salad is a great side dish to accompany veggie moussaka as it offers a refreshing taste to a heavy filling.

Lemon roasted potatoes are another popular recipe to serve alongside the main event. Braised in a lemon and garlic broth before roasting, lemon-roasted potatoes are light, crisp, and tender.

Tomato fritters offer an extra dose of Greece to your main meal. Made from fresh ingredients and seasoned with herbs of your choosing, tomato fritters can be shallow fried for the perfect finishing touch.

 Can moussaka be made in advance?

Moussaka can be prepared, organised, and assembled ahead of time and in advance of your event.

Although it is not recommended that you bake the moussaka in advance to avoid dryness, a moussaka can be assembled days in advance and stored in a refrigerated area.

You can also freeze your unbaked moussaka for up to one month so you can defrost and bake it at your convenience