Aubergine & chickpea curry

Aubergine & chickpea curry

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(61 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins

Easy

Serves 6
With golden aubergine, fresh tomatoes and a fragrant coconut sauce, this veggie curry's a surefire summertime winner

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per sreving

  • kcal261
  • fat18g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre5g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.44g

Ingredients

  • 2 aubergines
    Aubergine

    Aubergine

    oh-ber-geen

    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil, plus extra to serve, if you like
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 tbsp brown or black mustard seeds
  • 10-12 curry leaves, plus extra to serve, if you like
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 dried chillies, chopped
    Chillies

    Chilli

    chill-ee

    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 4 tsp garam masala
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp turmeric
    Turmeric

    Turmeric

    term-er-ik

    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 400ml can coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

    ko-ko-nut mill-k

    Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…

  • 6 tomatoes, quartered
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Method

  1. Halve the aubergines, then cut each half into wedges. Heat ½ tbsp oil in a large pan, preferably non-stick, and brown half the aubergines for 2-3 mins on each side until golden brown and crisp all over. Scoop onto a plate, repeat with more oil and the remaining aubergines, then set everything aside.

  2. Add the remaining oil to the pan with the mustard seeds and curry leaves and fry for 30 secs until fragrant. Stir in the onions and continue cooking until they are softened and beginning to brown. Add the dried chillies and spices with a spoonful of the thick coconut milk from the top of the can, then fry for 1 min more. Add the remaining coconut milk, tomatoes and half a can of water. Simmer for 25-30 mins until thick and saucy.

  3. Stir in the chickpeas and aubergines. Continue simmering for 5 mins or so, until everything is hot and the aubergines are tender. Serve with rice or warm naan bread, scattered with a few extra curry leaves sizzled in a splash of oil, if you like.

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glynisflo
16th Aug, 2010
5.05
One of the best curries I have ever made. I had no mustard seeds or garam masala so used curry paste but it was still delicious.
pavlovakk
5th Aug, 2010
5.05
CERTAINLY A DISH TO SERVE EVEN IN OUR EXTREME HEAT IN ZIMBABWE. I DID NOIT HAVE ANY FRESH CURRY LEAVES SO TRIED FRESH CORIANDER AND THIS TOO WAS GOOD. USED THIS AS A STARTER TO OUR AUGUST SCHOOL HOLIDAY BRAAI AS WE DO SEEM TO DRAW OUT THE COOKING OF VARIOUS MEATS HERE - SO ANYONE WHO WAS STARVING OR A VEGETARIAN DID NOT GO HUNGRY. RONNIE
holmfirth
5th Aug, 2010
oh yes, this curry looks delicious, will definatly be trying this one,mmmmm:))
patsand
3rd Aug, 2010
A delicious creamy curry. I can see it becoming a favourite recipe. I didn't have curry leaves or garam masala so I used a mild curry powder.

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