Aubergine Zaalouk with chickpeas and Za’atar flatbread

Aubergine  Zaalouk with chickpeas and Za’atar flatbreads – a gorgeous spiced roast aubergine stew with chickpeas. Served on a bed of creamy hummus and topped with fresh and minty tzatziki. Scoop up with some incredible za’atar flatbreads.

Zaalouk is a Moroccan dip with aubergine and tomatoes and is typically served with other dishes. Here I’ve made it the main focus of the meal and added some chickpeas to make it more substantial and filling.

The flavour and texture combinations here are absolutely fantastic.

Enjoy xxx

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  2-4 servings
  15 minutes preparation time
  1 hr cook time


  • 2 large aubergines


  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 20 cherry tomatoes chopped
  • 3 tbsp sun dried tomato  purée
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Pinch light brown sugar
  • 250ml water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 10g fresh coriander chopped
  • 10g fresh mint chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas drained

To serve;


  1. Pre- heat your oven to 180c
  2. Prick the aubergines all over with a knife, then add to a tray and bake for 30 minutes until soft inside.
  3. Set aside
  4. In a large pan, add the oil and onion and ry the onion for 8 to 10 minutes until soft and caramelising
  5. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  6. Transfer the tomatoes, tomato purée, cumin, paprika, chilli flakes, bay leaf and sugar to the pan.
  7. Add a pinch of salt and the water, mix well and bring to the boil.
  8. Cover and reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. Now chop up the aubergines finely and add to the pan. Stir to combine.
  10. Cover and cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. Finally add the chickpeas, lemon juice, coriander and mint and mix together.
  12. Serve with tzatziki and za’atar flatbread

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  1. Tan Abb on May 23, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Even my aubergine hating husband loved this recipe. So tasty and filling, thankyou.

    • Niki on August 4, 2022 at 7:23 am

      So happy you liked it!
      Love, Niki xxx

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