Ratatouille or Rat-a-tat-touille?

By DK on Feb 17, 2009
Ratatouille or Rat-a-tat-touille

Ratatouille Niçoise is a celebrated and traditional vegetarian French stew. My husband during his stay at France has fond memories of it, thanks to having to eat only that most of the days due to minimal vegetarian dishes!:) I love it for the simplicity, for the vibrant color and uncomplicated taste.Indians can totally relate to it, in the sense, the method, the taste are not completely new to us, thanks to our own style of cooking.

Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min to 1 hour
Serves: 2 people
  • 3-4 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin-coriander powder
  • 3 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 large red bell pepper ( tri colors work too :))
  • Basil for garnish
  • 1 tsp of Herbs de Provence ( or you can use mixed dried herbs like rosemary, marjoram, basil, bay leaf, thyme, lavender flowers etc)
  • salt to taste
Place the eggplant and zucchini in a colander, sprinkle with salt and let it rest for about 30minutes until the bitter juices are extracted.
Ratatouille or Rat-a-tat-touille
In a saucepan, add little olive oil and saute the sliced onions followd by garlic and bell pepper.
Ratatouille or Rat-a-tat-touille
Cook for approx 2 minutes.
Ratatouille or Rat-a-tat-touille
Rinse the eggplant and zucchini, dry it out a little and then add it to the onion mixture. Saute for 2 minutes and then add the dried herbs, coriander-cumin powder, cover the pan and cook for 20minutes until little soft.
Ratatouille or Rat-a-tat-touille
Add the tomatoes, puree with salt and pepper and cook for another 5-10 minutes until all the vegetables get soft.
Ratatouille or Rat-a-tat-touille
Serve warm garnished with basil or parsley.
Ratatouille or Rat-a-tat-touille
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12 Responses to “Ratatouille or Rat-a-tat-touille?”
  1. Joyce

    How do you keep the eggplant from turning to mush? And do you peel yours first?

  2. Cham

    I am not a TV person either but animation movies just love to watch with my kiddo. Makes you feel silly and just laugh without any reason even without dialogue! Ratatouille both are my fav! Looks fabulous.

  3. Pavani

    Love this dish. I posted my recipe way back when the movie was still being made :-). Great pics.

  4. Ashwini

    Love your dish…looks yummm .

  5. Whitelighter

    Nice looking dish you made there. But, I don’t really like the everything mixed up version of Ratatouille. I prefer making the layered version of it from Julia Child’s recipe.

  6. Happy cook

    I wouls sure choose the second one :-)

  7. Priya

    Ratatouille, delicious dish..love them much..

  8. Madhumathi

    Wow..Your Ratatouille looks so inviting.I have also sent a ‘Ratatouille’ dish for your A.W.E.D France :) I guess you got that….

  9. Uma

    wow, you don’t watch tv during weekdays? Great. How can you control yourself?

    Ratatouille is a funny movie indeed. I enjoyed it a lot too! The curry looks amazing with all those veggies. Lovely combo. So tempting.

  10. veggie belly

    “shut up and eat your garbage” is my favorite line in the movie!

  11. Rathna

    Nice recipe DK. I loved the movie too and went and bought the wii game of the movie and played like a chef, haha. Will try to send something to your event.

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