Dill Rice, Baba Ganoush, Veggie Moussaka, Ghormeh Sabzi, & Garlic Pita Chips. This was our Saturday Supper. All these flavors tasted amazing together! This is a vegan feast if you leave the cheese off the top of the moussaka.
For the Veggie Moussaka: In a casserole dish coated with garlic and some olive oil, layer mushrooms, sliced zucchini, sliced potatoes, sprinkle some cinnamon and fresh nutmeg, salt & pepper between the layers, chopped fresh basil, eggplant slices, (you’ll use the rest of the eggplant for the baba ganoush) thinly sliced onion or shallot, sliced tomatoes, more onion slices, and your favorite grated cheese, I used cheddar and parmesan, (the cheese is optional, leave it out for a vegan dish).
Mix 1 cup veggie or chicken stock with 2 tblsp tomato paste, 1/2 tsp granulated garlic, salt & pepper, smoked paprika, and 1 tblsp olive oil. Pour the liquid evenly over the whole casserole. Bake at 350 for 1 hour till bubbly and cooked through.
For the dill rice: In a small pot, place 1 cup basmati rice, wash & rinse it a few times to remove some of the starch. Add 1 cup veggie stock (or chicken stock) and another 2 cups of water, 1/4 tsp salt. Cook till al dente and drain using a mesh strainer. Add 1/2 tsp dry or fresh dill, cover and set aside. This is how I always make rice, treating it like pasta, it comes out perfect every time.
For the Baba Ganoush: Bake the remaining part of the eggplant, covered with foil, in the 350 oven. I sprinkled mine with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Once the eggplant is soft and cooked, peel and mix with 2 tblsp tahini paste, salt & pepper, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 tblsp olive oil, and the juice of 1 whole lemon.
For the Gormeh Sabzi: In a large skillet, saute 1 chopped leek and 1 small onion in olive oil. Add 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained, 1 package organic baby spinach, a bunch of fresh cilantro, parsley, and dill all chopped, 1 cup veggie broth, water or stock, the zest and juice of 2 lemons, 1 tsp fenugreek, 1/2 tsp curry powder. Simmer on low for 30 minutes till everything cooks down and the flavors come together.
Pita Chips: split a pita in half and brush both sides with olive oil mixed with fresh crushed garlic, Bake at 350 for 5 minutes till crisp.
Serious YUM! you will love all these dishes together! yum yum yum!