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Ratatouille niçoise
Alternative names Ratatouille niçoise
Type Stew
Place of origin France
Region or state Provence
Main ingredients Vegetables, (tomatoes, onions, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers), garlic, marjoram, basil
Variations Confit byaldi
Cookbook: Ratatouille niçoise  Media: Ratatouille niçoise
Ratatouille niçoise
Beginning of cooking a ratatouille dish in a pot
Cooked ratatouille in a pot

Ratatouille (/ˌrætəˈti/ RAT-ə-TOO-ee; French: [ʁatatuj]) is a French Provençal stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice, and sometimes referred to as ratatouille niçoise.[1]


The word ratatouille derives from the Occitan ratatolha[2] and is related to the French ratouiller and tatouiller, expressive forms of the verb touiller, meaning "to stir up".[3][4] From the late 18th century, in French, it merely indicated a coarse stew. The modern ratatouille – tomatoes as a foundation for sautéed garlic, onions, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, marjoram, fennel and basil, or bay leaf and thyme, or a mix of green herbs like herbes de Provence – does not appear in print until c. 1930.[5] Nice was an Italian city (Nizza) until the Treaty of Turin was signed in 1860 between the Sardinian king and Napoleon III.


The Guardian's food and drink writer, Felicity Cloake, wrote in 2016 that, considering ratatouille's relative recent origins (it first appeared in 1877), there exists a great variety of methods of preparation for it.[6] The Larousse Gastronomique claims "according to the purists, the different vegetables should be cooked separately, then combined and cooked slowly together until they attain a smooth, creamy consistency", so that (according to the chair of the Larousse's committee Joël Robuchon) "each [vegetable] will taste truly of itself."[7]

In popular culture[edit]

In Pixar's 2007 animated film Ratatouille, Remy, Linguini, and Colette cook a variation of ratatouille called confit byaldi to impress a restaurant critic.

Related dishes[edit]

As well as confit byaldi, related dishes exist in many Mediterranean cuisines: pisto (Castilian-Manchego, Spain), samfaina (Catalan, Spain), tombet (Majorcan), ciambotta, caponata and peperonata (Sicily, Italy), briám and tourloú (Greek), şakşuka and türlü (Turkish), lecsó (Hungarian) and Zaalouk (Moroccan).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ratatouille. Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition (1989)
  2. ^ « ratatouio », Lou tresor dou Felibrige, Frédéric Mistral
  3. ^ Alan Davidson (2014). The Oxford Companion to Food. Oxford University Press. p. 655. ISBN 978-0-19-967733-7. 
  4. ^ "Chef Brian Discusses The Origin of Ratatouille Nicoise". LADC. Archived from the original on 2015-10-09. 
  5. ^ Scotto, E., and Marianne Comolli. "Vegetables: A Garden of Eden." France, the Beautiful Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from the Regions of France. San Francisco: Collins, 1989. 195. Print."
  6. ^ Cloake, Felicity (15 July 2010). "How to make perfect ratatouille". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Robuchon, Joël (2008). The Complete Robuchon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 597. ISBN 978-0-307-26719-1. 

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