This vegan moussaka recipe has been going on for several weeks until we found the perfect method just right! Layers of roasted eggplant blends perfectly with the hearty tomato lentil filling, topped with eye-catching roasted garlic cashew sauce.
Although it requires 10 simple ingredients, the taste here is very rich. Let us show you how it is done!
The origin of Musaka
Moussaka is a popular dish in Greece and other regions. It is usually made from multiple layers of minced meat, eggplant and Beckham sauce. But there are other dishes with different ingredients, and they vary from region to region.
The exact origin of moussaka is not yet known, but it is believed to have Arabic roots and may have been inspired by a Levantine dish called musakhkan. The addition of French Beckham sauce is believed to be the contribution of Greek chef Nikolas Tselementes in the early 1900s.
Our version is not traditional, but our plant-based delicacy concept, namely layered roasted eggplant, hearty fillings and rich creamy Beckham sauce.
This vegan Mousaka consists of three layers: 1) roasted eggplant slices, 2) lentil tomato filling, and 3) roasted garlic beckham sauce.
Before roasting the eggplant, we sprinkle a lot of salt on it and put it in a colander or bowl. This helps drain out the moisture, so once toasted, it is very soft with sweet caramel edges.
The filling starts with sauteed onions and garlic. Next comes the lentils and tomatoes, simmered with salt, pepper, oregano and optional nutmeg.
But the star of the show is the roasted garlic bechamel. Roasting garlic turns it from sharp and pungent to mild and sweet. When blended with cashews, olive oil, salt, nutritional yeast, and water, it becomes a creamy, knock-out sauce.
With the three layers ready, it’s time to assemble. The lentil tomato filling goes between slices of roasted eggplant, then everything’s topped with the bechamel. Once baked, the top becomes golden and slightly caramelized. Swoon!
We hope you LOVE this vegan moussaka! It’s:
Easy Vegetarian Mousaka
Incredibly delicious vegetarian moussaka, served with layers of roasted eggplant, hearty tomato lentil sauce and roasted garlic cashew sauce! Only 10 ingredients and simple methods are required.
US Customary – Metric
ROASTED GARLIC (for bechamel)