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Turkish 'Ratatouille' Recipe

An excellent Starter, or part of a buffet.

Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians

Ingredients

5 tablespoons (75ml) Olive Oil
1 big Onion, peeled and thinly-sliced
1 medium-sized, firm, Aubergines, weighing about 400g/14oz in total – cut into 2.5cm strips
2 Green Peppers, seeded and cut into thin strips
350g/12oz ripe Tomatoes, skinned and chopped
2 medium cloves of Garlic, peeled and chopped
350g/12oz Greek Yogurt
Salt and freshly-ground Pepper

To serve: warmed pitta bread, and mint sprigs (if available)

Equipment: a Wok or big flat pan.

Method

1. In a big pan, heat the olive oil, then gently stir-fry the onion for 10-15 minutes until softened and golden, but not burnt.

2. Add the aubergine, peppers and your chosen herbs and stir-fry for a further 10 minutes.

3. Add the tomatoes and the first 2 cloves of chopped garlic - season and bring to the boil.

4. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, very gently for 20 minutes; removing the lid & increasing the heat for the last few minutes, if necessary, to reduce the sauce.

5. Allow to cool at room temperature.

6. In a bowl, beat together the garlic, yoghurt and a pinch of salt.

7. Divide the 'ratatouille' between warmed serving plates and garnish with mint sprigs (if available).

Serve with a bowl of the 'garlic yoghurt' and warmed pitta or flat bread.

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