IMG_9275The Tian, is a dish from Provence (South of France). The meaning of word Tian (is clay pot) we cook this dish in a clay pot and serve it directly on the table. Three vegetables are used in the composition of the Tian (courgettes, aubergines and tomatoes). You can also add the vegetables of your choice and even better with seasonal vegetables.

This recipe comes from my mother, here I used fresh vegetables and herbs from my garden.

Serves 4


  • 4 medium courgettes
  • 4 medium aubergines
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 yellow onions
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of black pepper


  1. In a large pan add 4 tablespoons of olive oil and the chopped onions.
  2. Cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes (no need to caramelize the onions) just to make them soft.
  3. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Slice the courgettes, the aubergines and the tomatoes (try to sliced them the same size for all the vegetables).
  5. In a clay pot (or any oven dish), add onto the bottom the onions and  sprinkle with thyme.
  6. Place the vegetables as in the pictures and alternate and repeat until you fill the dish (you can imagine another shape if you want).
  7. Preheat the oven at 200C degrees.
  8. Sprinkle with olive oil.
  9. Add on the top the crushed garlic and some sprigs of rosemary.
  10. Cook for 1h30 (be careful cooking with a clay pot and oven dish is different, with a clay pot is longer).
  11. Remove from the oven and serve hot and sprinkle with fresh thyme.

This dish is a ray of sun on your plate, the fragrance and the flavors of the aromatics herbs are so delicious and I drizzle with even more olive oil.

Try to use vegetables from same size for a better harmony in your oven dish.

Bon Appetit.

36 thoughts on “Tian

  1. Ah Linda, quelle chance d’avoir d’aussi beaux légumes dans ton jardin. Je suis un peu jalouse, moi qui vis dans un appartement 😉 Et j’adore le tian, tu me fais rêver à l’été avec ta version traditionnelle, mais si délicieuse. Bonne semaine !

    • Merci beaucoup Darya.Tu devrais essayer un tout petit jardin ne serait ce qu’avec des herbes aromatiques (toujours dans des pots en terre cuite pour ne pas asphyxier tes petites plantes). Le Tian de ma mere est bien meilleur que le mien, j’espere que tu pourras bientot chanter “Voila l’ete, voila l’ete…” Passe une belle semaine aussi!

    • Thank you Maulshri 🙂 Tajine is related to North African dishes (full of spices), Tian is from South of France cooked with olive oil and only with vegetables and herbs. It’s very tasty and even more the following morning xx

  2. Beautiful, Linda! A lovely tian is one of my favorite dishes to serve in the late summer and fall when I can get really great local tomatoes. I usually make it with potatoes, tomatoes, and courgettes. Some recipes suggest topping it with Gruyere or another cheese but I think that detracts from the fresh flavors of the veggies. Have a great day!

    • Thank you so much, Ngan 🙂 Tian is a lovely, simple dish. The vegetables are so tender, with full of flavors. I agree with you, the cheese detracts the flavors of the vegetables. The real recipe is only cooked with eggplants, tomatoes and courgettes. Have a great week!

  3. J’adore ce plat plein de fraîcheur et de couleurs !!! On ne s’en lasse pas je fais souvent des ratatouilles à la maison ,tout le monde aime ça …avec de l’huile d’olive !!
    N’empêche que la façon dont tes légumes sont dressés est alléchante…une belle testifa !!!
    Bravo encore ma chère amie !

    • Mima, le Tian c’est la Mediterranee, c’est les pieds dans l’eau et le son des criquets, c’est aussi l’odeur des pins maritimes et des bonnes rigolades…Koul sba3 san3a 😀

  4. Linda, this looks gorgeous, especially after all those chocolate Easter eggs! 😉
    I have a clay pot at home (it’s so good for slow braises), so can try this out!

    • It’s a great idea to cook on slow braises, Saucy. I have a small clay Brasero in the garden, sometimes I cook my bread, the taste is amazing. Do let me know if you try the Tian. Have a great weekend 🙂

  5. Ah… tu nous donne une très bonne idée Tata Linda pour les légumes personnellement je les adore et en été c’est tout ce qu’on peut cuisiner! :p Merci

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