Zaalouk (Roasted Aubergine)

A traditional, aubergine-based, Moroccan side dish, however it makes a delicious main!


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A traditional, aubergine-based, Moroccan side dish, however it makes a delicious main!
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Duration1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Prep Time10 mins
Servings4 servings


  • 3 aubergine cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 3 to matoes roughly chopped
  • 1 heaped tsp sugar
  • 500 g/2¼ cups passata
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4.
  • Place the aubergine pieces onto a large baking tray and drizzle over a glug of olive oil. Add the paprika, cumin and a sprinkling of salt. Make sure it’s all mixed in well and evenly coated.
  • Pop them in the oven for around 15-20 minutes, turning once.
  • Remove from the oven and add the passata, garlic, lemon juice, sugar, tomatoes, salt and pepper.
  • Cover the tray with foil, tucking in at the edges, and place back in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Check during cooking that the mixture hasn’t dried out – if it has, add a little water and stir through.
  • Once cooked, remove from the oven and add extra seasoning if necessary. Enjoy as a main with all the extras or as a simple side dish ?
This recipe was republished with permission from Viva’s Vegan Recipe Club.
Find the original recipe here.

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