Eggplant Moussaka with spinach tomato and cashew cream

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Moussaka is an eggplant- (aubergine) or potato-based dish, often including ground meat, in the Balkans and Middle East, with many local and regional variations. Here I’m going to present pure veg version.

In Greece, the dish is layered and typically served hot.In Turkey, it is sautéed and served in the style of a casserole, and consumed warm or at room temperature. In Arabic countries, a variant is eaten cold. Many versions have a top layer made of milk-based sauce thickened with egg (custard) or flour (béchamel sauce).

This recipe of Eggplant Moissaka is absolutely guilt-free as its oil-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy free (vegan) which is pure veg too! Look at this beauty of crisp eggplants with tomato milanese sauce and savoury cashew cream which is making the dish very rich in taste and texture! It would never fail to impress whoever gets the taste of it, it’s absolutely yumm! Have made this recipe jain (no onion, no garlic, no potato)

Preparation time: 20 mins, Cooking time: 25 mins

INGREDIENTS:

Tomato Milanese Sauce:

  • 5 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried/fresh oregano
  • 1/2 tsp crushed pepper
  • Salt to taste

Savoury Cashew Cream:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for 3-4 hrs, drained
  • Water as required to get creamy consistency
  • Salt to taste

Eggplant Moussaka Main Ingredients:

  • 2 large round eggplant, sliced into 3/4 cm thick rounds
  • 10-12 spinach leaves
  • 2 medium sized raw bananas, boiled, sliced into 1/2 cm rounds
  • 1 cup tomato milanese sauce
  • 1 cup savoury cashew cream
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup green olives

 

STEPS:

Tomato Milanese Sauce:

  1. Into nonstick pan, add tomatoes and allow them to cook for 10 minutes till the consistency forms a paste.
  2. Add pepper, oregano and salt to taste.
  3. Mix it well and keep it aside.selfiecity_20170125155620_save

Savoury Cashew Cream:

  1. Grind the cashews with a little salt and 1 tbsp water, or as needed to move the blades.
  2. Grind to a fine, smooth creamy paste.
  3. Keep it aside.

Eggplant Moussaka Preparation:

  1. Sprinkle some salt over the eggplants and let ot rest for 30 minutes to release the excess water.
  2. Grill the eggplant slices on high heat, at 220 degrees, for 15 minutes on each side till it turns brown.
  3. Blanch the spinach leaves in hot water for 5 seconds till just wilted.
  4. In a serving dish, spread the eggplant slices to form the bottom layer.
  5. Now add a layer of sliced raw bananas and sprinkle some salt.
  6. Take wilted spinach and layer it next.
  7. Spread 1 tbsp of tomato milanese sauce followed by 1 tbsp of savoury cashew cream.
  8. Top it with another layer of eggplant.
  9. Repeat the process of layering as above ending with eggplant on top.
  10. Garnish the moussaka with little tomato milanese sauce, cashew cream, and some green olives.
  11. Serve hot as a snacks or side dish in your party menu, your guests would really impressed with presentation as well as taste without any guilt!selfiecity_20170125155809_save
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