Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ratatouille/French Vegetable Ragout

Ratatouille, this French provençal vegetable stew is a traditional dish which have its origin from Nice,though this stew aka Ragout is referred as Ratatouille niçoise, this dish quite popular among the entire Mediterranean coast as this dish is an easy summer dish. Since this dish is typically prepared as a stew especially with summer vegetables, this dish have their important place in summer lunch tables. Traditionally each vegetable is sauteed separately before which is layered as a baking dish and baked in oven. But now many versions exists, this dish is served as a side dish while serving a meal which is accompanied by either pasta, bread or else with rice. Tomatoes is the main ingredient for making this flavourful and aromatic dish,though vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, bellpeppers, onions, garlic plays an important role for making this fantastic dish. As i told earlier, many easy version of making this Ratatouille do exists and i followed one of the easiest method.

Ratatouille,French Provençal Vegetable Stew

Yes my method is simply to saute all the vegetable together and cooked with herbs. Similar dishes exists in other cuisines, Pisto from Spanish cuisine, Caponata from Italian cuisine, Lecso from Hungarian cuisine etc. This dish makes an excellent main dish stew to enjoy thoroughly with rice with grilled meats or french fries. However our favourite way to enjoy this vegetable loaded ragout is having with long grain rice and grilled chicken, this combination works awesome and trust me you will definitely have a super filling lunch or dinner. Am running this month's blogging marathon with French cuisine under Journey through the cuisine in Alphabetic order and today's alphabet is 'R' hence this fantastic vegetable ragout from French Cuisine.

French Provençal Vegetable Stew

2nos Zucchini (chopped)
1no Onion (big & thinly sliced)
1no Aubergine(cubed)
2no Green bell peppers(coarsely chopped)
4nos Large tomatoes (coarsely chopped)
2 Garlic cloves (chopped)
1tsp Dried basil
1/2tsp Dried oregano
1/4tsp Dried thyme
1tbsp Fresh parsley(chopped)
Olive oil

Heat the olive oil in a pan,add garlic and onions, saute until the onions turns transculent.

Add the cubed aubergine, cook for a while. Now add the chopped zucchini, chopped bell peppers and stir.

Ratatouille,French Vegetable Stew

Cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add tomatoes and the herbs, cook again in simmer until the tomatoes turns soft.

Add a cup of water and cover the pan and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes or until the aubergine gets cooked.

Serve hot with rice.

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  1. I was hoping you would make this most popular French dish for letter R. I love this hearty & delicious stew.

  2. This is such a classic French stew.

  3. Yes this is a very popular dish ! Looks so colorful , healthy ! Must say one dish which would be a great hit .

  4. This humble, peasant dish has become a popular one. Your version looks colorful and lovely.

  5. I remember the movie when I hear this name. Looks like a really simple yet delicious stew..

  6. You surely reminded me of the movie Priya..this one looks so inviting..

  7. classic french recipe na and the movie made it so popular.

  8. Ratatouille-remind me of the movie...nice recipe

  9. The first time I knew about this is after the movie with the same name came out!! Such a flavorful and veggie stew!

  10. Was expecting you to make this for R. I made this for last international BM in a slightly different way n moved it

  11. French Marathon is rather incomplete without ratatouille. Lovely pick for R!!

  12. I love ratatouille.This looks so flavorful and tasty.

  13. Such a classic French recipe and I was thinking if you already had it in your blog or would you be making it for this :)

  14. such a classic French dish although I never eat it since I dont like eggplant

  15. Classic French dish!! Yes it definitely reminds that cute movie!!.


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