Aubergine katsu curry
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 4
Breadcrumb and shallow-fry aubergine slices for a Japanese style vegetarian dish - your new curry night favourite
- 4 tbsp plain flour
- 2 aubergines , sliced into 0.5cm discs
- 100g dried breadcrumbs (see tip, below left, for how to make your own to save money)
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil
- 250g basmati rice
- 1 large onion , finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves , crushed
- 3 tbsp curry powder
- 2 tbsp clear honey
- 400ml can coconut milk
- 1 large cucumber
- STEP 1
In a large bowl, combine 3 tbsp flour and enough water to make a runny paste, then season and add the aubergines, tossing until they are all coated. Tip the breadcrumbs onto a plate and dip in each aubergine slice, turning to coat and pressing down to help the crumbs stick.
- STEP 2
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan. Cook the aubergine slices in batches for 5 mins each side or until tender, adding a little more oil between batches. Transfer the slices to a baking tray as you go. Once all the aubergine slices are browned, place the tray in the oven and cook for 10-15 mins while you make the sauce. Cook the rice following pack instructions.
- STEP 3
Wipe out the pan and heat another drizzle of oil. Add the onion and cook for a few mins to soften. Stir in the garlic and curry powder for 1 min, then add the remaining 1 tbsp flour and the honey, and stir to a paste. Splash in the coconut milk, a little at a time, stirring to make a smooth sauce, then simmer over a low heat for 10 mins, adding a splash of water if it gets too thick. Peel the cucumber into long strips with a peeler. Drain the rice and serve with the crispy aubergine slices, curry sauce and cucumber ribbons.
Heat oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Grate stale bread on the coarse side of a grater, then spread the crumbs in a thin layer over a baking tray. Bake for 30 mins, mixing halfway through cooking. Cool completely, then store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.