Aubergine & Chickpea Vegan Bake

Aubergine & Chickpea Vegan Bake

So, I am another year older ๐Ÿ˜€ and have spent almost the whole week being spoilt one way or another! I’ve seen friends, eaten out, been to my parents, had presents, cake, chocolate, been shopping and even beenย to the park! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a look…

Anyway, the recipe which I am sharing todayย is inspired by two dishes from Linda at LaPetitePaniere. Firstly Yemma Aouicha, which I discovered while searching for a chickpea recipe and secondly Batata Koucha. We were having friends around for dinner and alongside the meat dishes, I wanted (& needed) something deliciously vegetarian. As often happens when someone posts a comment, I go and see what they’re cooking (or talking about) and I found a whole stash of lovely Algerian dishes! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I’m sure one day I will copy the recipes in their entirety, but as I didn’t have all of the ingredients and I needed to use up a few other things, this gorgeous dish was created!

As much as we love both aubergine and chickpeas, I don’t think we’ve ever paired them together in the same dish! Add in some rice and top with potatoes (there’s not a lot of each if you’re worried about two carbs in one dish)!ย and you have a delicious one-pot hearty meal! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just writing this is making me want to make another dish of this… it didn’t last long in our house!

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Aubergine & Chickpea Bake (vegan & Free-From)

  • Servings: 5-8
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • Splash or slither of oil (I use coconut oil)
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 1 large aubergine cubed
  • 1 large courgette cubed
  • 2 x 400g tins of chickpeas (or 400g freshly soaked & cooked)
  • Salt to taste (I use pink Himalayan)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1ย large (250g) potato peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 2ย garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kulonji (nigella) seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 100g brown rice
  • handful of fresh coriander
  • 200ml boiling water
  • *coriander and lemon to garnish


  1. Melt/heat the oil and gently cook the onion. As it starts to turn translucent, add the aubergine, then the courgette and mix to coat in the oil. Allow to cook for ten minutes until the aubergine is beginning to change colour.
  2. While these are cooking, prepare the chickpeas. Put the peas and the liquid from the tins (or their cooking liquid) in a pan and add salt, pepper and cinnamon. Cover and leave until the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Drain or dry the potatoes if wetย then fry until just turning golden. Set aside.
  4. To the crushed garlic cloves add the kulonji, cumin and paprika, a splash of oil. Mix well. (you could use a pestle & mortar or a mini chopper).
  5. In a large ovenproof dish mix the vegetables with theย spice mix. Add the rice, then gently mix before folding in the chickpeas. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and pour over the water. Now carefully arrange the part-cooked potatoesย on top and bake at Gas Mark for 5 (375f / 190c) for 30-40 minutes or until the rice is cooked through.
  6. Enjoy!

Serve & Store

  • Delicious served as it is… or try it cold.
  • Add a fresh salad or some tasty vegetables.
  • You could even add some crusty bread to serve this with.
  • Try it cold in a wrap with some green leaves and tomato.
  • Keep refrigerated and use within 3 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving.

Sharing this with Deborah over at the Plant Based Potluck Party… and with Angie at the Fantastic Fiesta Friday! This weeks Fiesta is co-hosted by Quinn @ dadwhats4dinner and Elaine @ Foodbod. Come on over, say hello, make some new friendsย and find something delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • CHCooks 22nd June 2016 at 14:50

    Belated birthday wishes ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like you had great fun!

    I have a rice recipe coming up that uses aubergines and chickpeas too – more of Indian style however ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks lovely!

    • Life Diet Health 22nd June 2016 at 15:10

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I did have a great few days ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to your recipe – they pair so well together ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ILIUBA HOSSAIN 22nd June 2016 at 16:28

    You certainly did get spoilt! So my non birthday greeting wouldn’t have been missed…..anyhow Aubergines and chick peas what is there not to say? A great combination, one full of goodness and taste!

    • Life Diet Health 22nd June 2016 at 21:17

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Didn’t I just! ๐Ÿ˜› Lovely to see you over here & on facebook too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I might make it for lunch one day (when we get back to it)! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yumyum. See you soon x

  • Elaine @ foodbod 23rd June 2016 at 07:22

    Happy belated Birthday!! Looks like you’ve had a great time ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love Linda from La Petite Paniere, she’s a lovely lady with a wonderful blog, and great recipes.
    Aubergines + chickpeas = yum!!!! (I am bit stunned you haven’t paired them before??)

    • Life Diet Health 23rd June 2016 at 09:29

      Thank you Elaine ๐Ÿ™‚ and yes, I had a lovely time thank you! Yes, Linda is great (thanks to you again as I found her blog when co-hosting FF) and her recipes are delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ Some things are obvious to some people ๐Ÿ˜› Chickpeas are our go to ‘fastfood’! so they’re often just thrown in a pan last minute! Aubergines – well, we don’t have a great market like you do and they often cost (UK) ยฃ1.50 each! so we like to savour them on their own! We’ll definitely be pairing them up more now! ๐Ÿ˜€ x

      • Elaine @ foodbod 23rd June 2016 at 16:56

        OMG! Why are they so expensive?? Isn’t it mad, we live in the same country, you’d think we’d have the same things available to us at similar prices!

        • Life Diet Health 23rd June 2016 at 20:59

          I guess where we live it’s still a bit of an ‘exotic vegetable’ still only known for moussaka ๐Ÿ˜› I was given an aubergine plant but all of this torrential rain has killed it off ๐Ÿ™ Oh well… I’ll keep hunting for cheaper ones! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • lapetitepaniere 23rd June 2016 at 12:05

    Happy Birthday Laurena, I’m sure you had a great time. Thank you so much for the shout-out and also for your quick feedback. Looks super delicious. Thanks again and have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    • Life Diet Health 23rd June 2016 at 14:13

      Thanks Linda ๐Ÿ˜€ Super delicious indeed – thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to buy some more aubergines now as I ‘need’ to eat this again! ๐Ÿ˜› xx

  • Elaine @ foodbod 24th June 2016 at 16:46

    Thank you for sharing your post with everyone at this week’s Fiesta Friday xx

    • Life Diet Health 26th June 2016 at 21:01

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Didn’t realise where I was for the weekend wouldn’t have internet! Lots of catching up to do tomorrow! Hope you’ve had fun co-hosting x

  • Sarah 'n Spice 24th June 2016 at 21:06

    Happy Birthday! Great recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 25th June 2016 at 18:25

    Delish! Right up my alley.

  • Sophie33 28th June 2016 at 08:39

    This is the sort of dinner that we eat often. Sometimes, I add smoked tofu, tempeh or fish on the side! Yummmm!
    A Happy beltaed Birthday to you, my dear friend! Hip Hip Hoeray! xxxx

    • Life Diet Health 29th June 2016 at 09:33

      Thank you Sophie ๐Ÿ˜€
      How delicious… I might try adding my new favourite tofu (recipe coming soon)! Hope you’re well and your allotment is providing plenty ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

      • Sophie33 29th June 2016 at 14:10

        I am well & I just worked 4 hours in my allotment this morning! I was already there at 8.45 am till 1 pm.

        • Life Diet Health 29th June 2016 at 23:58

          ๐Ÿ™‚ Ooo that’s early Sophie! We’ve had so much rain it’s most definitely saved on the watering… just lots of weeds ๐Ÿ™ but at least everything is growing fast now! ๐Ÿ˜€

          • Sophie33 30th June 2016 at 08:34

            That is also true! x

  • Deborah Smikle-Davis (@debsmikdav1) 30th June 2016 at 20:15

    What a creative dish! I love the helpful slide show tutorial! Thank you for sharing your healthy and delectable Aubergine & Chickpea Bake with us on the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I’m pinning and sharing.

    • Life Diet Health 1st July 2016 at 10:58

      Thanks Deborah ๐Ÿ™‚ This one is definitely a keeper โ˜บ Slide show is me working my way towards videos!


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