Insatiably Mouthwatering Middle Eastern Style Vegan Bake

There is something super comforting and filling about a baked dish. It allows you to make multiple layers, all adding to the flavor, texture, and richness of the dish. If I am given a choice, I would almost always pick a baked dish over a stove-top-cooked one. Baking just adds that umami taste so many dishes lack!

Now I am presenting you a most wondrous bake – after tasting it, you will be lost for words! It merges the flavors of the Middle East with a touch of Greek and Turkish, and you simply won’t believe how good it is. You are going to love it!

For best results, make, bake, and also share with non-vegans!

What you’ll need:

For the Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp (30 ML) olive oil
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 400g tin tomato pulp (chopped canned tomatoes)
  • 2½ cups vegan mince meat (vegan ground crumble)
  • 6 to 8 sundried tomato halves, chopped
  • ¼ red pepper chopped
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (if possible unflavoured)
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • salt to taste
  • a drizzle of olive oil

For the Cheese Sauce

  • 2 cups (500 mL) soy milk, or other non-sweetened milk
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose plain flour
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp fine garlic granules
  • salt (don’t omit)
  • a knob of vegan butter or margarine
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp vegetable stock powder or granules
  • a little water if needed

For the Vegetable Layers

  • 1 large eggplant/aubergine, cut lengthways  fried in a griddle pan and set aside
  • 2 medium courgettes/zucchini cut lengthways fried in a griddle pan and set aside

Extras

  • olive oil for greasing
  • 2 cups vegan grated cheese of your choice
  • ground paprika (for dusting the top)

For the full preparation instructions, check out the original recipe here.

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