Ratatouille – Assorted Vegetables


ratatouille

Ratatouille

Come summers and one can see an array of new vegetables in the local market which were not visible in the cold cold winter. What better way t make use of these seasonal vegetables than to cook an aromatic ratatouille that gives your taste buds a run for the second bite?

Now, I must confess that I have been obsessing about this dish ever since I saw the animated movie, Ratatouille, that I did some reading of the history behind it. You can follow the  link here to read more about it.

Ratatouille being a vegetable stew with tomatoes as the key ingredients and various vegetables sauteed in the tomato sauce, I chose to pick the local vegetables available to me and hence my version of the recipe may be a little different from the numerous recipes on the net.

Ingredients

  • 1 Carrot – cubed
  • 2 Capsicums – cubed
  • 200g French beans – chopped
  • 1 Onion –  finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes – Finely chopped
  • 1 packet mushrooms – cut into quaters
  • 4 Garlic cloves – crushed and diced
  • 1 Medium Potato -cubed
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil, Bay leaf
  • Salt
  • White pepper – freshly crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Carom seeds, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (optional)
prep work - 1

Prep Work

prep work - 2

Prep Work

Method:

Heat olive oil in a pan and add the bay leaf, carom seeds and mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add crushed garlic and sautee with golden brown. Now tip in the onions and lightly sautee for a minute or two and then add in the tomatoes.

Add the seasoning and using a potato mashed, mash the tomatoes and cover and cook on low heat for 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Adding the salt lets the tomatoes t give out water in which it can cook easily with the need to putting much oil.

Now add the beans, cover and cook for 5-10 mins. Tip in all the remaining vegetables but capsicums and stir so that they are even distributed and add crushed pepper. Cover and cook for a good 10-15 minutes on low heat

You may want to check in from time to time to ensure that the vegetables do not burn and if needed, add a little water. when all the vegetables are almost cook, add the the capsicum and cook for another 5 mins.

ratatouille

Ratatouille

Serve hot with some rice or a nice french baguette. This can also be used as a side dish and aperfect stuffing in a filling omelette.

ratatouille

Ratatouille

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2 comments

  1. These last two blogs have taken your blogging to another level. Till now we were getting mouthwatering descriptions. Now by starting to give out the ingredients and method of preparation to some mouth watering items and putting in your personal suggestions, you are also equipping others to have fun. The other thing good about these last two posts is the new dimension that you have added – a visual dimension. This not only adds color to the posts but also enables the reader to visually savor the dish. It also brings out on display your other talent – Photography.
    Way to go is all I have to say, in the end.

  2. Thanks a lot! I I’m trying to diversify the blog but at the same time wanna stick to the theme so doing all things possible.

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