January 30, 2008

WBB: Soya Moussaka

'Moussaka' means 'moistened' and 'Vegetable Moussaka' is a traditional Greek dish made with lots of vegetables. I changed few ingredients from the original recipe - Soya chunks instead of chickpeas to make it more nutritious and healthy. It is also a nice winter comfort food. Reposting this dish, which I make very often for Rajitha's WBB:Soya event, originally initiated by Nandita of Saffron Trail.

This dish is adapted from "Vegeterian - the best ever recipe collection" by Linda Fraser. It has an awesome collection of vegetarian recipes neatly sub-categorized as soups, salads, main course and side dishes. I got to know about this book when I happen to visit my friend, then I quickly noted down some nice recipes to experiment in my kitchen...:D.

Soya Eggplant Moussaka


1 medium Eggplant
2 Tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil or PAM spray
1 cup Spaghetti sauce or tomato puree
1 Onion
1 tbsp chopped green chillies
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 cup toor dal (or any other lentils)
1 tbsp chopped Garlic
1 Bayleaf
200g Soya chuks
3 tbsp of chopped coriander
3 tbsp of low-fat yogurt
1 Egg
3 cups Vegetable stock
1/2 tbsp Garam Masala
1 tbsp Corinader powder
Salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese (optional)

Step-by-Step Preparation:

1. Sprinkle the eggplant pieces with salt and place in a bowl. Cover and place a weight on top. Let it sit for atleast 30mins, to allow the bitter juices to be extracted.

2. In a pan, boil vegetable stock, lentils and bay leaf, cover and bring to boil and simmer for about 20mins until the lentils are tender but not mushy. Drain thoroughly and keep aside.

3. Soak the soya chunks in warm water for about 5 minutes or until they become soft.

4. Heat little oil in a skillet, add chopped garlic, boiled lentils, Soya chunks, tomatoes, chopped onions, spaghetti sauce(or tomato puree), coriander powder, garam masala and little water. Boil and cover and simmer for 10min. Stir occasionally and keep aside.

5. Preheat oven for 350F.

6. Rinse the Eggplants slices, drain and pat dry. Heat remaining oil in a pan and lightly fry the slices in batches for 4 mins, turning once so both sides are browned on low heat.

7. Arrange a layer of eggplant slices in the bottom of a shallow, oven proof dish or roasting pan then spoon a layer of soya mixture over the top. Continue layers until all the eggplant slices and lentil mixture is used up.

8. If desired, sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese.

9. Now, beat the low-fat yogurt, egg and salt and pepper together and pour the mixture over the vegetables.

10. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and bubbling.

11. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice for a nice tangy taste and garnish with coriander. Serve immediately. This main course dish usually served with warm fresh bread for a hearty and satisfying meal...:)

Off this Moussaka also goes to What's Cooking Wednesday!.. at Shan's place.


  1. When i saw the casserole you made with eggplants i was thinking about moussaka.
    And today i see you've made it with soya.

  2. Yay, another recipe for me to try with my soya chunks, good one Siri!!

  3. Wow.. that sure is a hearty and wholesome dish. Siri, i tried your microwave brinjal discs and really liked it. Thanks for a simple but great recipe.

  4. Wow.. that sure is a hearty and wholesome dish. Siri, i tried your microwave brinjal discs and really liked it. Thanks for a simple but great recipe.

  5. Looks colorful and yummy siri..Thanks for the different recipe

  6. Siri, this must be the 6th Soy recipe I am looking at today. Moussaka looks yummy, although I would skip Soy! Hahaha!!

  7. Hi Siri,
    You are updating everyday! Hardworking Gal! Keep it up with new things....Another discovery with the lovely soya!

  8. Siri, This looks really healthy and delicious. I can imagine the soy chunks would soak up all the flavors. Yummy!

  9. Lovely moussaka Siri..you're doing well, dear :-)

  10. I still have to learn lot of terms and yet to prepare lots and lots of such lovely dishes. I am still stuck to the regular indian food.

  11. i have heard of moussaka..but yet to make it...will try this out for jeeves..he loves eggplant and nutrela!

  12. Sounds wholesome Siri! Never had this before...

  13. Welcome to What's Cooking Wednesday! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  14. That's a plteful of tasty protein right there Siri!!:) nice one!

  15. Nice entry...Looks yummy..Thanks for sharing

  16. This is an interesting addition and I'm sure it works well.

  17. as WBB is near blog are full with soy recipes.. :). another nice dish with soya. Keep it up.
    thanks for sharing siri :).

  18. moussakka? wow! what an interesting name!

  19. @ Laavanya: I am glad u liked my spicy brinjals discs recipe dear..:))

    @ Ashaji: I knew u wud skip Soya ashaji.. I expected a similar comment fromu hehehe..:)

  20. Thanks all for taking time and appreciating me and my Soya Moussaka..:))..

    Do try it sometime folks and I am pretty sure u wud end up making it again n again.. ( provided u love Soya as much I do..!!!)

    ~ Siri

  21. Hey, Open your door after 15min. You will find me there :)

  22. Siri, this looks just too fantastic! What a great idea. I've bookmarked this and can't wait to give it a try!


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