Even though moussaka is associated with Greek cuisine, it is Arabic. There are many versions of moussaka on the Mediterranean coasts, but we chose to go with a Lebanese-style Vegan Moussaka. Traditional Greek American moussaka is made with ground meat eggplant and covered in a Béchamel sauce. But we decided to use eggplant and chickpeas as the main ingredients of this dish. We baked them in a warmly spiced tomato sauce to create a vegan moussaka that is irresistibly delicious.
2 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
4 Shallots, minced
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 Bay Leaf
6 Large Tomatoes, minced
7 Sun-Dried Tomatoes Packed in Oil, chopped
2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
1 (14 oz) can Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes
1/2 cup Vegetable Broth
1 teaspoon Maple Syrup
Juice of half a Lime
1/2 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
2 (14 oz) cans of Salt-Free Chickpeas, drained, rinsed
2 whole Vegan Pita Bread, to serve with moussaka
Whisk allspice, cloves, nutmeg, 5 spice powder, mustard seed, ginger, black pepper, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Dredge both sides of eggplant in the seasoned flour, then place them onto 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.
Drizzle eggplant with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes until tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
Add minced shallots and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Cook the garlic and for a minute, stir until fragrant.
Add bay leaf and cumin and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
Stir tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste, fire-roasted tomatoes, vegetable broth, maple syrup, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Cook for 30-40 minutes until the tomato sauce cooks down.
Remove the sauce from the heat. Remove bay leaf and set aside.
Add 1/3 of the chickpeas and tomato sauce.
Repeat until you have created 2 more layers, then add the remaining sauce.
Bake the vegan moussaka uncovered for 40 minutes until the sauce bubbles around the edges.
To make the yogurt sauce, whisk Greek yogurt, lemon juice, maple syrup, zaatar, and mint in a bowl. Pour it into a serving dish.
Serve vegan moussaka with pita bread and yogurt sauce.
Subscribe and get inspired with our creative and delicious recipes!