A bowl of aubergine and chickpea curry

Aubergine dhal with tomato & onion raita

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 2

This comforting chickpea and lentil curry provides all five of your 5-a-day. It’s spiced with turmeric and ginger and topped with a calcium-rich raita

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal597
  • fat15g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs74g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre22g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.5g


  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced



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

  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 tsp turmeric



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

  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 115g red lentils
  • 1 large aubergine, cubed



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

  • 400g can chickpeas (no need to drain)

For the raita

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • ⅓ of a 100g pack coriander, chopped
  • small handful fresh mint, chopped, plus a few small leaves



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 120g pot bio yogurt


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and fry the onion, garlic and ginger for 8 mins until softened. Tip in the turmeric, coriander, cumin and chilli and cook for 20 seconds, stirring occasionally.

  2. Pour in 800ml boiling water, stir in the bouillon, lentils and aubergine, and cover the pan and leave to simmer for 15 mins until the lentils are pulpy. Stir in the chickpeas with their water, if you need a little more liquid, and cook for 5 mins.

  3. Meanwhile, stir the red onion, coriander, mint and tomatoes with the yogurt to make a raita. Spoon the dhal into two bowls, top with raita and scatter with mint leaves.

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3rd Mar, 2019
This was our favourite dish from the 2019 January diet plan. We've made this several times now.
20th Jan, 2019
I made this last night and it was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be having it again! The only thing I would say is that it was a bit wet ( I ate it with a spoon) and I think it does serve 2 people but 2 people with healthy appetites!!
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Emilie Maddison
16th Jan, 2019
Made this as part of the healthy diet plan. Tasted good enough to make an aubergine dhal again, just not using this recipe. Served 4-6, not 2, the cooking times were off, and the mix was very wet. Could use the addition of a savory protein or spinach. Enjoyed it though!
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Emilie Maddison
16th Jan, 2019
Adding a star because I ate the leftovers with a sweet potato, hazelnuts and feta and it was scrumptious.
9th Jan, 2019
I'm with Catti and Neil on this one - too wet/too much. My freezer is already packed with other leftovers from the "serves 2" recipes. The aubergine goes a nasty colour and consistency. This goes on the "don't bother again" list.
9th Jan, 2019
Yummy! Tasted better reheated the next day though :)
5th Jan, 2019
I made this tonight and it was okay, but very wet - even without the water from the chickpeas. If I make it again I'll probably only add 400-500 ml water. Also, there were a lot of leftovers so I'd say it serves 3 comfortably!
4th Jan, 2019
That should have said "seasoning" not "slicing"!' And defo not using mice! Damn predictive text!
4th Jan, 2019
Enjoyed this but felt it was a little bland. Needed a decent seasoning (which I noticed is missing) and possible a little more slicing up for me. Followed quantities but it made enough for 4 really. Gonna pair with a mice white fish or chicken breast for the remainder.
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