Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Eggplant, Tomato and Chickpea Casserole
Lately I've been wanting to try some new flavors in my food. In particular Indian type cuisines. Just reading about it all over the blogs and how yummy everyone raves it is, makes me very curious! The spices and flavor sound real appealing to me. Plus must of them are vegetarian based meals and I have no problem with that! Vegetables can get boring, so it is always good to spice them up in a new way. I found this Eggplant, Tomato and Chickpea Casserole over at Ashley's blog The Edible Perspective. The dish was easy to put together and sounded delicious with the use of cinnamon added to the tomato sauce. I figured this would be a good start to my new flavors in food. I didn't have any naan bread but I did have my favorite pita toasted and topped with a gooey slice of mozzarella cheese! I had this dish again the next night and it tasted even better! They tell you it always better the next day. Gives a chance for the flavors to marry. If you don't like onions then I definitely wouldn't recommend this dish since it calls for a lot of onions! They are necessary since they make up for the sweetness with the sauce and pairs well with the use of cinnamon.
The recipe actually came from The New York Times Fitness and Nutrition section. There are some REALLY good recipes in there. You can click here for the Eggplant, Tomato and Chickpea Casserole recipe. (Sorry for the photo's poor quality, it was around 7:30pm when this came out of the oven for dinner.)