Crispy Eggplant and Tomato Rice Bowl

This Crispy Eggplant and Tomato Rice Bowl with basmati rice is an upgraded version of classic Eggplant Parmesan that’s sure to inspire your tastebuds!

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 25 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 20 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 45 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, heated
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 small eggplant, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 bunch rapini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil


  • For a great weeknight dinner, this meat-free dish is hearty and satisfying, loaded with delicious tastes and textures.

    Step 1

  • Prepare basmati rice according to package directions. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Step 2

  • Toss rice with tomato sauce; keep warm.

    Step 3

  • Place flour in shallow dish. Place eggs in separate shallow dish. Combine ground almonds with Parmesan in another shallow dish. Dredge eggplant slices in flour, shaking off excess; dip into eggs. Dredge in almond mixture until well coated. Repeat with remaining eggplant slices.

    Step 4

  • Arrange eggplant in single layer on prepared baking sheet. Arrange rapini in single layer on separate baking sheet; drizzle eggplant and rapini with olive oil. Season with salt. Bake, turning once, for 18 to 20 minutes or until eggplant is tender and rapini is lightly charred.

    Step 5

  • Divide rice evenly among 4 plates. Top with roasted eggplant and rapini. Sprinkle basil over top.

    Recipe Tip

    For extra indulgence, top eggplant with fresh mozzarella or burrata cheese.

Elevated Rice Bowls

This elevated rice bowl has got a mixture of color, texture and delicious taste! Start with a base of aromatic and fluffy Success® Basmati Rice blended with your favorite tomato sauce, either store-bought or homemade. Then, oven-bake the eggplant coated with flour, egg and ground almonds with Parmesan cheese to crispy golden perfection, to layer on top. And, finally served with a side of tender green rapini.

Using fresh herbs and cheese, like mozzarella or burrata on top, are great for elevating your rice bowl even more! Want more tips? Take a look at our ideas for elevating all of your meals in a bowl.

Meatless Meal

This dish is a great meal to prepare for a filling Meatless Monday option as it’s loaded with grains and vegetables. For more options, take a look at 4 simple ways you can enjoy Meatless Monday meals.