Middle Eastern vegetable mini pots

Recipe from: 20th September 2012

Ingredients 19
Servings 4
Time 00.10


  • 8
    large tomatoes-skinned
  • 1/2
    medium onion-diced
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 1
    olive oil
  • 6-7
    strands saffron
  • 3/4
  • Salt to taste
  • 10
    small courgettes (and patty pans mixed) sliced in disks
  • 2
    Olive oil
  • 1
  • 3
    cardamom pods-crushed
  • 1/2
  • Salt to taste
  • 2
    large onions-cut in half and sliced thinly
  • 1
    cumin seeds
  • 2-3
    sugar (depending on preference)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1
    butter beans-rinsed drained and lightly salted
  • 4


Place the tomatoes in boiling water, score and remove skins when cool. Once the skins are removed, chop the tomatoes into roughly 2 cm cubes.

Heat oil on medium in saucepan, add onions and bay leaves and fry, stirring onions occasionally until they are soft and translucent.

Add tomatoes and cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring.

Add sugar, saffron and salt and cook until the tomatoes break down and a thick sauce forms. Use a wooden spoon to help to smash and flatten them.

Adjust seasoning as needed.

In a non-stick saucepan, add oil  and butter on medium heat. When butter starts to melt and sizzle add courgettes and cardamom. Stir and add paprika and salt, mixing well to coat.

Lower heat and cook until they soften, about 4-5 minutes and set aside.

In same non stick sauce pan (wipe down), add oil and fry onions on medium heat. Keep stirring.

After 2-3 minutes, add cumin seeds and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring.

Add sugar and salt and cook until sugar has dissolved and onions start to brown. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease 4 small cocottes or  one suitably sized oven-proof dish.

Add layer of onions to bottom, followed by courgette, beans and tomato sauce. Repeat and end with a tablespoon of butter for each cocotte and tomato sauce at top.

Bake with lids on or covered with foil and a little gash in the centre for 20 minutes, leave in oven until ready to serve.

Serve hot as is or with flat breads and a minty yoghurt salad.


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