Thursday, April 22, 2010

Chickpea, tomato and eggplant casserole

Last week I decided to make a chickpea casserole. On occasion I've made falafels (recipe to follow) but I generally only use chickpeas in salads or pureed as hummus. I also only use use canned chickpeas; the dried variety takes far too long to soften.

Chickpeas are legumes. These edible pulses are high in dietary fibre, low in fat, contain a significant amount of calcium and are a valuable source of protein. Chickpeas are also knows as garbanzo beans.

I found an easy recipe on the Internet and tweaked it a little (I added corgettes/zucchinnis and pumpkin) It was delicious.

Baked Eggplant, Tomato and Chickpea Casserole –

3 cups cooked Chickpeas (I used canned, drained)
2 eggplants, unpeeled and cut into 2 ins/50mm cubes
3 onions, sliced
1 cup diced butternut or pumpkin of your choice
2 corgettes, sliced
2 tomatoes, thickly sliced
1 ½ cup vegetable stock
10ml olive oil for frying

Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C
Add a little olive oil to a pan and heat
Brown the eggplant and onion rings, remove and place in casserole
Brown the pumpkin and corgette, remove and add to casserole
Add the chickpeas and decorate with sliced tomatoes
Gently pour the stock over, cover and bake in oven for 30 minutes
Remove the cover and grill for a further 5-8 minutes
Serve immediately with rice and a green salad


  1. Wow, Jo ! What a difference!
    This recipes has re-ignited my interest in chickpeas.
    I'll give it a go, along with some chicken pieces, as an accompaniment - tonight.

  2. That looks delicious Jo!! Can I come over for some? :)

  3. Well HELLO Bob ! It's good to see you again. Thanks for popping in.

    Hi Joan;) I'd love you to come over! It is delicious.

  4. Yummo! Keep coming with these delicious vegetarian recipes because we go to my daughters in a week and a half and she is a vegetarian.
    I made a minestrone soup with chick peas added, it was delicious.

  5. Vegeet altyd hoe om eiervrug reg voor te berei - doen dit te min! moet die skywe eers in soutwater lê, of is dit nie nodig nie? (((Ida)))

  6. Hi diane;) it's good to hear you looking forward to vegetarian recipes. This one is really quick and easy and SOOOO tasty.

    Hi Ida;) nee, mens hoef gladnie meer eiervrug in soutwater te le nie. Gebruik netso. Dit is my GUNSTELING groente en ek gebruik die it baie disse. Hier is sampioene baie duur en vir my is die vlees baie soos sampioene. Smaak en tekstuur.

  7. My stomach is growling... that sure does look good! Thanks for the instructions on how to build it.

  8. This sounds (and looks) delish. I just may have to try it.

  9. Hi Jo - I'm always reading your posts, in my Google reader, though I don't visit enough - Sorry. I just had to explain the same to Lynda.

    I tried a variation on your theme, last night, and it was yummo!
    see: my Pauper's Plate blog for the write-up.


  10. Looks great, Jo... I love vegetarian casseroles... AND--they are healthy for us...


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