Hot-Roast Chilli Bean Ratatouille

Ratatouille and chilli, which is your favourite ?  No need to choose, as I have given you both (excluding the sweet peppers).  I have spiced this dish up to bring to the table a warm hearty delight packed with rich flavours and great texture. It’s very easy to make too – perfect for serving to guests if you don’t have the extra time to spare in the kitchen.  Enjoy !

TIP :   Best served with your favourite rice (ours is basmati), or with Indian bread.  You may also want to accompany this with a vegan sour cream dressing, made with vegan cream, a squeeze of lemon juice, salt, and a drizzle of olive oil – then garnish with herbs of your choice.

Serves 4


olive oil for frying

1 spring onion, chopped

1 smallish eggplant (aubergine), cut up into small squares

4 large mushrooms, chopped fairly small

2 zucchini (courgettes), chopped into small squares

1 chilli pepper, cut into 2 strips

salt to taste

2 tsp (10 mL) agave syrup, or other sweetener of your choice

2 Tbsp (30 mL) balsamic vinegar

1 tsp coriander seeds

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 x 14 oz (400 g) tin chopped tomatoes

¼ tsp dried oregano

1 tsp hot curry powder (or mild, if you prefer)

1 x 14 oz (400 g) tin red kidney beans, drained


  1. First heat your oil up in a saucepan, then fry up the eggplants for 5 minutes or so – but keep an eye out not to burn them.
  2. Next, add the zucchini, and continue to stir. Lower the heat, and allow to cook until soft.
  3. At this point, add the mushrooms. They will sweat off their wonderful juices – stir, and after 3 minutes or so, add the tomato paste.  Lower the heat, and cover for 2 minutes.
  4. Now add the remaining ingredients, and mix. Cover, and allow to gently cook for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 300ºF (150ºC).
  6. Transfer the mixture into an oven proof dish, and cover with foil.  Place in your preheated oven, and bake away for a further 30 minutes or so. Uncover, and voilà.! Bon Appétit !

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  1. Mmmm, looks delicious!!

  2. Dan Hi there and hope you enjoy this recipe. I look forward to your feedback as and when ! Best to you !

  3. Looks like another winner Miriam – thank you. We have the start of winter here, lots of rain (we needed it) and getting very cold especially at night (well cold for us anyway). My point is perfect weather for something like this which will be on the dinner menu this week some 🙂

  4. Oh how exciting – this is the first things I’ve ever pinned on ‘pin it’ – I have no idea what I’m doing with ‘pin it’ but it is there and now I just have to find out how to find it again :p

  5. Okay…I’m going vegan all the way !! Needed recipes because it’s hard to know what to eat and I’m going on major weight loss program and I ran across this on facebook…looks sooooo yummy …. can’t wait to try this and many of your other recipes in days and weeks to come !!!!

  6. Hi there Judie and welcome here, so great to here you are going Vegan all the way, kudos to you ! I very much look forward to your comments here and trust you will enjoy many a delight. Many vegans that eat sensibly loose that extra bit of weight – the secret I feel is portion size, not eating to late and taking some exercise that takes your fancy ! I have another FB page called Vegan Rejuvenation too, go visit if you wish. Meantime enjoy and thanks for dropping by here. Cheers and Best to you !

  7. Barbara Hi there and welcome here. Thanks for dropping by here with your comments and I do hope you enjoy my recipes. Please feel free to give me some feedback as and when you get a chance after trying the recipes. Meantime, very best to you !

  8. Perfect timing! Combat Cape Town’s chill with chilli, curry and rich flavours. You’ve given me inspiration for tonight’s dinner. Thanks! Keep ’em coming! xxk

  9. We might be trying this one this weekend if we can get the eggplant and zucchini at our neighborhood farm. Regardless, we will let you know how it is when we try it:)

    Can’t wait to try a lot of your recipes! Thanks:)

  10. Hi there The Katz and thanks for dropping by here with your comment. I look forward to your feedback as and when you have made and tasted this dish. I look forward to your future comments on my blog. Very best to you in the meantime !

  11. Kate Hi there and welcome here. Thanks for dropping by here with your comment, and I look forward to your feedback on this recipe a and when as well as your future comments on my blog. Very best to you in the meantime.

  12. Made this the other day and it was fab! People at work commented how good it looked and smelled, but they didn’t know how good it tasted!!

  13. I am very thankful for this site..Thank you very much..
    It is hard staying a vegan when your husband isn’t..
    All of your efforts are appreciated…
    Can’t convert him totally but delicious food goes a long way..
    And A big difference can start in small ways..

  14. Kylie Hi there and welcome here. Many thanks for dropping by here with your wonderful comment. Taste is the number one priority to any food – if it’s vegan and tastes every bit as good as non-vegan recipes and sometimes even better, then that all helps in the quest to being, staying and sharing vegan food that brings a smile on one’s face. I look forward to your future comments on my blog. Meantime best wishes to you !

  15. This looks so good! Plus I have all of these ingredients in my cupboard other than the aubergine. I’ll be trying this recipe this week. Thanks again Miriam!

  16. Hi there Sarah, thanks for your comment – let me know how this goes as and when you make it this week. Best wishes to you in the meantime !

  17. Hi Miriam – Another winner and such a great recipe to make on a week day as it’s so easy. I added some more chopped up chilli into the recipe as I like mine hot. Lovely. 😀

  18. Sharron Hi there and thanks for your feedback on this. You must have a very happy household or a very happy tummy presenting recipe after recipe from here from your positive feedback. Huge kudos to you for making this food and enjoying it ! Well done and I look forward to your future comments on my blog ! Cheers. 🙂

  19. Hi Miriam, I have a very happy tummy, as my wife is still a meat eater, although I did persuade her to eat the Mushroom Walnut and Spicy Quinoa Burger and she liked that. As the main cook in the house she does tend to get more vegan meals than she used to. 😀

  20. You’re doing great Sharron. I will be posting up my ‘meatloaf’ today so stay tuned – she will love you all the more for that if she is not vegan, well it is my hope. This dish is really a great one for meat eaters and will go down a storm with roast potatoes and any veg that your wife may already like. By all means make a quick bisto gravy to go with it (the bisto powder is vegan, but the granules I am not sure). Enjoy and come back with your feedback as and when. Cheers to you ! 🙂

  21. mmm delicious!

  22. Glad you enjoyed or will do Isabelle. 🙂

  23. Hey Miriam! I chose this recipe because here in Canada it suddenly got super cold after last week being in the 20 degrees pluses and now it’s at zero! So I wanted something yummy and warming. Boy was this a great choice! Even my meat loving fiancée went nuts over this! Such good combination of flavours and spices, we easily finished the leftovers the following day. Thankyou always for sharing your great and delicious recipes! We will definitely be making this recipe again as my fiancée had said: ” make sure you save this recipe!! ” through a mouth full of food! 😛 thank you again 🙂

  24. Heidi dear, how kind of you to drop by here with your comment. I am delighted that your fianee loved it too. Allow me to say although this is a good recipe, there are many more and some dare I say it better. So please do try more also at some point. One of my favourite bean ones which is also very warming is this recipe here, in fact I am going to make them for dinner tonight Let me know how you find the other recipes too and keep warm won’t you ! 🙂

  25. Hi Miriam. I made this for the second time last night and my boyfriend and I just adore it. Such a great mix of flavours (especially the coriander seeds and agave), and the beans make it a bit heartier than a regular ratatouille. We had our leftovers cold and they were even better the next day! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  26. Many thanks there Rebecca for letting me know. Glad it was enjoyed to the full. I look forward to your future comments on my blog ! 🙂

  27. This recipe is one I am going to try very soon. It looks to be both delicious & easy! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!!

  28. Hope you try and enjoy it GJL 🙂

  29. These are the best recipes – and the books are SO worth buying. You won’t regret owning these fantastic books. Friends have taken the recipes and are using them – everyone loves them 🙂

  30. Linda so glad you love my recipes and my book. Best your way ! 🙂

  31. These is a greatful recipe , thanks for it !! I made it now about 10 times and I feel it´s getting better every time… I´m vegan since 6 years, feel happy with and love to cook the vegan dishes …. I´ve tried others too, but this is one of the best and you write so lovely all the details with heart and about we have to take care ….. very sympatice …… thank you again !!!

  32. It’s my pleasure Elizabeth and I hope you enjoy many more recipes from my blog ! 🙂


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