Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Vegetarian Moussaka

Moussaka is a Greek dish made with eggplant and lamb. Its a baked dish with layers just like a lasagna so it is fun to make and eat. I had heard of this dish a while ago but never attempted it. Again from a bunch of sources, here is my version of the vegetarian type. And it tastes delicious, the earthy tangy tomato-lentil sauce, the firm yet soft vegetables, the balancing white sauce and the salty feta cheese bite. Please try it once...
Ingredients:

1 large eggplant (like for baigan bharta), sliced thick
2 zucchinis (about 6 inches), sliced medium
2 potatoes (about 3 inches each), sliced thin
1/3 cup red pepper chopped
1/3 cup green pepper chopped
1/2 cup raw lentils of choice, I used split moong daal 
1 onion chopped
2-3 cloves garlic
1 (8 oz) can tomato puree
1 medium tomato
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1 cup white sauce
3 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled
Salt 
Pepper

Soak the lentils overnight. Pressure cook the lentils in fresh water to 2 whistles or cook in 2 cups of water over stove top for 20 minutes till done. Place the eggplant slices on a tray, sprinkle salt on them and leave them for about 30 minutes to weep the water out. When done, pat dry. 

In a deep pot, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add the onions and garlic. When they turn translucent, add the peppers and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add the tomatoes, vinegar and lentils along with the spices, salt and pepper. Add about half cup of water, bring to a boil and cook down till it is a chunky sauce. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and brown the potato slices. Repeat for zucchini and eggplant.The zucchini will need an additional 1 tablespoon  of oil but the eggplant should be browned without oil else they will turn soggy.
To assemble, layer a casserole dish (I used 9x9) with half the tomato-lentil sauce. Layer with eggplant slices, then potatoes and then zucchini. Top with remaining sauce and sprinkle half the feta cheese.  Then continue with another layer of eggplant, potatoes and zucchini. Cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. 

While the vegetables are baking make the white sauce. Pour the white sauce over the vegetables and sprinkle the feta. Cook for another 15 minutes till cheese starts to turn golden brown. Broil for a minute to brown the top. Serve hot with a side salad or some couscous. Opa!
I am sending this dish to AWED: Greek hosted by Curry Leaf, event Started by DK.

18 comments:

Priya said...

Yumm!!!!moussaka looks fantastic..

Sushma Mallya said...

very interesting one,seems very nice

Sarah Naveen said...

nice recipe..simply superb!!!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, different, which type of cuisine is this. Looks super yummy !!!

Gulmohar said...

Fabulous...Interesting veg version here..

~ Lopa said...

That really looks fabulous.... i had never heard about Mousakka back home, first heard the name after moving to Europe.
yours looks fabulous :)

Kamalika said...

The dish is totally new to me...very healthy and tempting one...looks very tasty too...

J said...

looks awesome..

Joanne said...

I love moussaka but haven't ventured to make it yet myself. this is so beautiful - it has definitely inspired me to give it a shot!

Kiran said...

Looks very yummy and delcious.Love the addition of zucchini in it.

msmeanie said...

This looks amazing. I love vegetarian moussaka. Great step-by-step photos too.

Michele said...

Wow! This is such a fantastic recipe. Yum!

infopedia said...

this dish looks very interesting...great to see vegeterian form of non-veg recips..good job
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SriLekha said...

wow! its looking so yummy and colorful!

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Sweatha said...

Moussaka looks Excellent.I too have seen several versions and this one with lentils is absolutely comforting.Nice step by step pics.Hearty Thanks for sending it to AWED:Greek

Ms.Chitchat said...

Yum yum, loved it. Very tempting clicks to go with it, awesome.

prachee said...

awesome !!!

Sharmishtha Dongre said...

Hey saw you recipes look tempting and I love the photography

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