Spiced Quinoa Eggplant Rolls

These spiced quinoa and eggplant rolls were created by coincidence. It came about as I had some leftover quinoa one afternoon and only really had a couple of veggies left in the fridge on a Friday before going to the farmer’s markets the next morning.

I tend to come up with new recipes when I’m looking at my leftovers, what I have in the fridge and what I can create as a nice, simple dish. This is how this recipe was born.

You can serve it as an entree for when you have guests over (it’s a crowd-pleaser!) or as a main with maybe a side salad. I think that some hummus on the side would be perfect for these rolls as well.

You can find the recipe for my easy and delicious hummus in this post, just remove the sun-dried tomatoes for the traditional flavour. 

Spiced Quinoa Eggplant Rolls

Summer here in Australia is now over and I’m a little sad about all the beautiful fruits and vegetables that won’t be in season anymore.

I’ve really enjoyed having an abundance of eggplants, tomatoes, corn, capsicum, leafy greens, berries, mangoes, plums, nectarines, and peaches, to name a few of my favourites.

Spiced Quinoa Eggplant Rolls

I’m a big fan of eggplant and pretty much have been using it in 80% of our dishes over the past few months. I’ve been getting them at the farmer’s markets and through friends and family who are growing it at home.

It’s such a versatile vegetable! It’s also used in many different cuisines. Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Indian to name a few.

Spiced Quinoa Eggplant Rolls

Other recipes you’ll love:

  1. Asian Vegetable Cigars
  2. Anna’s Rustic Eggplant Patties in Tomato Sauce
  3. Homemade Vegan Naan
  4. Vegan Bruschetta Toppings Done Four Ways
  5. Easy Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

If you try this recipe, let me know! Would love for you to leave a comment and rating below. If you want to go that extra mile, tag us on Instagram or share your photo of the recipe on Pinterest

Spiced Quinoa Eggplant Rolls

Spiced Quinoa and Eggplant Rolls (GF)

Yield: 15 rolls
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These spiced quinoa and eggplant rolls are packed with flavour and are the perfect appetiser to take to an event or enjoy at home.


  • ½ cup of washed quinoa
  • 1 cup of water (to cook the quinoa in)
  • 2 tbsp rice bran oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • Pinch of hot chilli powder (or more if you like spicy food)
  • Half a medium-sized capsicum (peppers), chopped
  • 3 medium-sized eggplants, cut into ½ inch thin slices
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt for seasoning
  • A handful of parsley for dressing, finely chopped


  1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. This typically takes 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, add the rice bran oil and onion to a medium-sized saucepan on medium heat.
  3. Once the onion starts to brown, add in the garam masala, turmeric, ginger, and chilli stirring to coat the onions in the spices well. Let it cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add in the capsicum and stir to combine all ingredients well. Reduce heat to low and cook until the capsicum is soft—season to taste.
  5. Combine it with the cooked quinoa and mix well. Set aside.
  6. For the eggplant, preheat a medium-high charcoal grill on a barbecue or stove grill. Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with olive oil and season with salt. Grill until golden-brown grill marks form, which should take around 3-4 minutes on one side. Turn the eggplant and grill for a further 3-4 minutes. You can also do this in a frying pan.
  7. Once all the eggplants are done. Start adding 1-2 tbsp of quinoa mixture at the bottom of each eggplant piece and roll tightly. You can use toothpicks to keep together if they are coming undone easily. I find that placing the end of the eggplant facing down on the plate helps to keep it in place. Roll all the eggplant pieces and sprinkle them with some fresh parsley and a little more olive oil drizzled over the top.
  8. You can serve this warm or cold on its own or with some hummus.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1 roll
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically. The accuracy of this information is not guaranteed.

Did you make this recipe?

Tag @theminimalistvegan on Instagram and follow us to see the latest!

vegan spiced quinoa and eggplant rolls

Join the MV community

You’ll get a neat summary of our content each week, as well as some behind the scenes of what’s happening! See you on the inside 😉


  1. Oh man. Eggplant is one of those vegetables that I never really know what to do with! Sad, I know. I will definitely be trying this one! I’m not vegan, but I am absolutely adoring your recipes nonetheless.

    1. Thanks Naomi! You are not the only one that has said that to us! We have grown up eating eggplant so it’s second nature to us. Hope you enjoy it! If you do want some more tips on how to use eggplant, just let us know 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.