Aubergine Rolls!

Aubergine Rolls

Do you know how so very exciting it is to see deep shiny aubergines emerging from nowhere?! ๐Ÿ˜› Well, I know they come from somewhere, but one day there is a plant with a few purple flowers, then the next day there are shiny jet black balls just sitting there… then they get a bit longer, and a bit fatter, and the plant looks like it can’t possibly hold the weight of them. Then they grow a bit more, then I come along and think yumyum…dinner! ๐Ÿ˜€ It is almost a shame to pick them they are so beautiful! I have one plant at home, and two at the allotment. How gorgeous are these!?

So of course, to do justice to the perfectly formed aubergine, I chose something new! Of course, I have made dolma before, but I wanted something different. These are a bit fiddly, but they taste so good. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Aubergine Rolls

Bursting with flavour – aubergine rolls.

I don’t usually include ready made ingredients in my recipes, but this was an exception and made these even tastier! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have given options in the ‘serve & store’ if you want to use something different! What did I use? crumbled falafel! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜› YUM!

Sharing these with the lovely Deborah over at the Plant Based Potluck Party this week,ย  and also thought it was about time I popped over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday again! This week the Fiesta’s co-hosts are Suzanne @ A Pug in the Kitchenย and Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipesย ย  Don’t be shy… come on over and say hello! ๐Ÿ™‚

Aubergine Rolls (Vegan & Free-From)

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 2 medium aubergines
  • Oil of choice (I used coconut oil)
  • 50g corn couscous
  • 100ml boiling water
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 1/4 courgette chopped
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 2-3 falafel crumbled
  • 150ml tomato passata
  • 50ml water
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt to taste (I used Maldon sea salt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast


  1. Slice the aubergines lengthways about 0.5cm thick . Melt the oil and gently fry the aubergine until translucent. Repeat until all the slices are cooked and set aside.
  2. Put the corn couscous in a bowl, pour the boiling water over and cover (I used a plate).
  3. Using the same pan, lightly fry the onion and the courgette, sprinkle over the chili, then crumble the falafel into the pan.
  4. Assemble. Lay a strip of aubergine on your board, then add a couple of teaspoons of the couscous, followed by a couple of teaspoons of the courgette mix. Carefully roll the aubergine up so that the two ends meet, then stand up in an ovenproof bowl. Repeat until everything is used up and your bowl is full!
  5. Mix the passata with the water, oregano, salt and pepper, then gently pour all over the aubergine rolls.
  6. Sprinkle the nutritional yeast over the tomato, then bake at Gas Mark 4 (350f / 175c) for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Serve & Store

  • Instead of falafel,ย fry 3-4 mushrooms with the courgettes and add a handful of sweetcorn.
  • Double the amount of onion and courgette and add a teaspoonful of tahini at the end of cooking.
  • Substitute the falafel for your favourite vege-burger or stuffing.
  • Add a handful of chopped nuts to the courgettes (try walnuts and hazelnuts).
  • Serve with a mixed salad or seasonal vegetables.
  • Store refrigerated for up to three days.

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  • getupandslow 16th August 2017 at 11:55

    I love this! I often make it with courgettes and bell peppers as well as aubergines. I’ve gone veggie and am starting to post meal ideas/recipes on my new blog.

    How did you get that awesome little printable recipe card to work? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Life Diet Health 16th August 2017 at 21:55

      Hello Sophie! Welcome to Life Diet Health! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you – courgettes would be good too (we have so many even though we only have two plants). Well done on going veggie, there’s so many delicious foods to try you’ll wonder why you didn’t eat more of them before!

      I love your Neapolitan nice-cream idea- I might try that – although mine never makes it as far as the freezer! ๐Ÿ˜›

      The printable recipe card is a ‘plug-in’ for wordpress, I think this one is called ‘easyrecipe’ ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s quite simple to do! Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • getupandslow 17th August 2017 at 17:26

        Thanks for the info ?Good luck getting that ice cream into the freezer ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Life Diet Health 17th August 2017 at 17:36

          No… didn’t work! Blackberry ripple (raspberries weren’t frozen) was so yummy that yet again the nice cream was all devoured before even seeing a container! ๐Ÿ˜›

          • getupandslow 17th August 2017 at 19:06

            Blackberry ripple! ? that’s my next meal sorted.

          • Life Diet Health 17th August 2017 at 19:38


  • Jhuls 19th August 2017 at 06:15

    I love eggplants and I’d love try something like this for a long time, but the rolling intimidates me – I am afraid I might ‘break’ the eggplants whole rolling.? These look amazing! I might grab a piece or more.? Thanks for sharing! Happy Fiesta Friday!

    • Life Diet Health 19th August 2017 at 09:09

      Thanks Jhuls โ˜บ This was the first time I’ve rolled the aubergine and they turned out perfectly ? As long as you cut them thick enough and don’t cook them too long in the pan then they’re sturdier than you’d imagine! Go on… I challenge you to try! ??

  • apuginthekitchen 22nd August 2017 at 21:23

    I can never get enough eggplant, looks fantastic.

    • Life Diet Health 22nd August 2017 at 22:28

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ It was so good!

  • Deborah Smikle-Davis 24th August 2017 at 03:59

    This is such a surprising recipe involving eggplant. I have prepared eggplant in many ways but never as a roll. What a tasty and creative idea! I’m so delighted that you shared your delectable Aubergine Rolls with us at the Plantbased Potluck Party. I’m sharing this!

    • Life Diet Health 24th August 2017 at 13:39

      Awww thanks Deborah โ˜บ I hope it’s inspired you to try them! They’re so good??? Hope you’re okay?

  • suefone 2nd September 2017 at 08:29

    yea I so glad I came across you I a GF vegan and second year veg grower i am always looking foe great veg cooking ideas thanks you ,sue

    • Life Diet Health 2nd September 2017 at 12:44

      Ooo ????โ˜บAnother GF vegan yay! โ˜บWhereabouts in the world are you based? We always have loads of ideas over here… Feel free to ask away if you need anything โ˜บ

  • suefone 2nd September 2017 at 17:08

    I am from Somerset uk doubly happy today ,I have just heard I been allocated an allotment, now I can grow lots more yea

  • suefone 2nd September 2017 at 17:08

    ps where are you based ?

    • Life Diet Health 2nd September 2017 at 22:04

      Ooo Excellent ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope there’s not too much work to do on it before you can make it your own!

    • Life Diet Health 2nd September 2017 at 22:05

      Oops… Missed that! We’re in the UK too… in Sunny Suffolk!โ˜บ


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