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Amazing Aubergine Curry For A Zinger Of A Curry Night!

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We are partial to a curry (just a smidge), around these parts and if you are of the same mind, boy do I have an amazing and delicious aubergine curry for you, or what?!

A plate of our Amazing Aubergine Curry served with fluffy Basmati rice | Hurry The Food Up

But first, riddle me this: what is the aubergine? Is it a vegetable? Is it a fruit? A berry???? And why does it have so many different names? Aubergine hither, eggplant thither – like, make your mind up, right?!

What a load of palaver over one weird-looking veg, eh?

Like ‘em or loathe ‘em, aubergines are actually quite nutritious.

They’re full of fiber, B1 and B6 vitamins, antioxidants, and various minerals including copper, manganese, and potassium.

Mise en place for our amazing aubergine curry | Hurry The Food Up

But first things first, can you put aubergine/eggplant in a curry?

Yes, you can – and we aren’t saying so just cos we LOVE our curries!

In Thai, Middle Eastern, and Indian cuisines, for example, eggplants are quite common – sumptuous curries are made using the baby eggplant variety.

Aubergines go incredibly well with the usual curry components. Coconut milk, for example, pairs so well to make a creamy aubergine curry; protein-packed lentils or chickpeas and curry powder make a delicious aubergine and chickpea (or lentil) curry.

If you have never cooked with aubergines before, get your frying pan out and try out our vegan aubergine curry recipe for dinner tonight (it’s one of our favorite one pot vegetarian meals).

It is one of our most popular curries, and pairs wonderfully with brown rice and/or naan, and some cooling raita.

Once you have opened that door, take a peek at our 40 delightful vegetarian eggplant recipes collection. We have a collection featuring mouthwatering vegan aubergine curries too!

Welcome to Team Aubergine!

Diced aubergines sauteing in a hot pan with onions | Hurry The Food Up
Amazing Aubergine curry simmering on the stove | Hurry The Food Up

Ingredients

Aubergines / eggplants

For an unctuous curry, tender aubergine is a must. If the veg is too mature, or too seedy, then the flesh would be too tough and unpleasant to eat.

Tender aubergines are like little sponges, soaking up all the yumminess from the gravy and the spices, making them perfect vehicles for flavor.

Texture-wise too, they are chewy and almost ‘meaty’ – which is why they are ideal for those new to the vegetarian/vegan way of eating.

Further down in this article, we talk about how to select the best veg, so use that as a guide in your future veggie selection.

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Basmati rice

Curries need a carby vehicle to help carry them – rice or rotis. And basmati rice is the Ferrari of the carby vehicles, with its unique scent, nutty taste, and delicate texture.

When the steam gently rises off freshly cooked basmati, you are transported to a higher plane of existence. Spoon the curry gently over your rice and get the party started in your mouth.

Tomato-onion-garlic

When it comes to a good curry, the triumvirate of tomatoes, onions, and garlic is super important. Red onion, more than white onion, with its full-bodied flavor, is a must-have for any good curry, and our aubergine curry is no different.

Diced onions, chopped tomatoes, and minced garlic in a little oil meld beautifully to provide any curry with a beautiful gravy base.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is a top-level ingredient that elevates any dish from a regular one to “OMG what is this ambrosia I am having?!” But it is best to go with low-fat coconut milk as the full-fat version can sometimes overpower a dish and dull the taste of the vegetables and the spices.

One note of caution: coconut milk can split very easily, so once added cook the curry on low heat or a gentle simmer.

Spices

The spices you add to a curry are total game-changers. The curry powder / garam masala spice blend adds a punch to the curry and some heat, adding a layer of flavor.

Another flavor duo is ground cumin and coriander powders. These join hands with the regular garam masala and add some oomph to it.

All these spices/masalas you add to a curry, the aubergines would just slurp them right in, infusing them with gorgeous flavor and their own brand of umami-ness.

Oil

Olive oil pairs really well with aubergines, though curries, in general, are made with vegetable oil, sunflower oil, or coconut oil.

Whichever oil you go with, make sure it is a neutral oil and cook on low to medium heat. That’s the way for maximum flavors.

Garnish

If you are making an Indian eggplant curry, then fresh curry leaves are a must. Tossing in a handful in hot oil along with mustard seeds and cumin seeds, and garnishing the curry with that is the best way to finish it off. Freshly chopped coriander over a curry adds a beautiful touch too.

For Thai curries, fresh torn Thai basil leaves add a nice punch of flavor to the curry.

A delighted Dave tucking into his bowl of aubergine curry | Hurry The Food Up

How to make the best aubergine curry?

Time needed: 35 minutes.

  1. Prep

    First, the prep – dice the onions, deseed and chop the tomatoes, mince the garlic, and cut the aubergine into small cubes, evenly sized.

  2. Fry

    Fry the aubergine in olive oil on high heat, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn.Amazing Aubergine Curry (Eggplant Curry) – Vegan & Delicious - prep the aubergine and onion in a large pan #vegan #curry | hurrythefoodup.com

  3. Cook

    Next, wash and soak the basmati rice. Then cook it as per the instructions on the packet.

  4. Make

    Now, the fun bit – making the curry. Start adding the aromats to the aubergine – add the diced onion and saute. Cook over slow, medium heat. Next, drop in the minced garlic. Stir frequently.

  5. Add

    Add the garam masala, turmeric, ground cumin, and coriander, and fry till the aroma develops. Add the chopped tomatoes. Simmer. Add the coconut milk.

  6. Finish

    Salt the curry to taste, cover and simmer till you are happy with the consistency of the curry. Remember it will thicken as it cools, so stop ahead. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander if you have any.

Aubergine FAQ

What is the best way to eat aubergines?

Roasting aubergines directly over a fire, in my opinion, is the most perfect way to eat one. The smoke gets right into the veg and adds an amazing depth of flavor.

The roasted veg (it would be incredibly silly to term it the ‘roasted berry’!) can then be mashed and made into a dip (baba ghanoush) or made into a curry (baingan bharta, the Indian brinjal curry).

If you don’t have much time to faff in the kitchen, here’s a quick recipe for you: simply cut the veg into chunks and stir fry (talking of stir fry, check these out!) the aubergine pieces in a tbsp of oil.

Salt, dried red chilies, your favorite spice blend/ garam masala mix, some fresh coriander on top, bingo bango, job done!

Why do you soak aubergine before cooking?

One, aubergines can be a bit bitter, and soaking them in water for a bit with some salt helps leach the bitter taste from the flesh of the vegetable.

Two, once cut and exposed to the air, the flesh turns dark very quickly. Soaking prevents this from happening, keeping the veg looking nice and fresh!

How can you pick the right eggplant/aubergine?

Aubergines can go off pretty quickly and they’re also quite sensitive to bruising and improper storage. It’s best to keep them somewhere dark and cool (like the fridge or chilled storage room) and away from the damp. Try not to nick or cut them.

When buying, find one that is deep in color and feels ‘heavy’ for its size. When the skin is pressed it should spring right back. If it stays indented, looks blemished or wrinkled then its best days are probably behind. Pick another!

The tender ones generally do not have many seeds in them. But even if they do, they tend to be small and are totally edible, not to worry. Just give it a quick wash, slice the stem off, and a little from the bottom and you’re good to go. No peeling or de-seeding is necessary.

Now that you have been inducted into our Aubergine Fanclub, let’s check out our delicious curry recipe in full, shall we?

We guarantee it is a keeper, one for the whole family to enjoy!

Serving suggestion: serve our aubergine curry hot, with basmati rice | Hurry The Food Up
Amazing Aubergine (Eggplant) Curry
4.70 from 153 votes
Creamy aubergine curry laced with unctuous coconut milk, delicately spiced with garam masala powder. Try making our aubergine curry today!
Cuisine:Indian
Diet: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:35 minutes
Servings:2 people
Calories:534kcal
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Ingredients

Rice and Tofu

Aubergine Curry

Optional:

  • 1 tsp sugar (or 1-2 tbsp mango chutney)

Instructions

Prep Rice and Tofu

  • Cook rice according to packet instructions.
    ½ cup basmati rice
  • Dice the tofu into small pieces. Heat up the olive oil to medium heat in a frying pan and add the tofu. Add some salt and let it fry for 15 min or until it’s crunchy. Make sure to stir occasionally, have patience and taste test!
    9 oz tofu, 1 tsp olive oil

Prep Aubergine Curry

  • Cut the aubergine into small cubes. Fry in a large pan with olive oil on medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add a good dash of water, so it doesn’t burn.
    15 oz aubergine, 1 tsp olive oil
  • In the meantime dice the onion and throw it in too. Put it back to a medium heat and cook for 5-6 minutes.
    1 red onion
    Amazing Aubergine Curry (Eggplant Curry) – Vegan & Delicious - prep the aubergine and onion in a large pan #vegan #curry | hurrythefoodup.com
  • Crush or dice the garlic.
    2 clove garlic
  • Stir in the garlic, curry powder, turmeric and ground coriander. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring well.
    1 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp ground coriander
  • Pour in the chopped tomatoes and coconut milk. Add a good dash of salt. Taste test! See if you like to add more salt and/or spices.
    1 cup crushed tomatoes, 1 cup low fat coconut milk, Salt and pepper to taste
    Amazing Aubergine Curry (Eggplant Curry) – Vegan & Delicious - add chopped tomatoes, coconut milk and simmer for 15 minutes #quick #aubergine | hurrythefoodup.com
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes. The coconut milk thickens so stop cooking when it is at the right consistency for you. Stir in the sugar or mango chutney if you like it a little sweeter.
    1 tsp sugar
  • Serve with salt and pepper to taste.
    Amazing Aubergine Curry (Eggplant Curry) – Vegan & Delicious - Goofy Dave munching the aubergine curry #vegetarian #eggplant | hurrythefoodup.com

NOTES

Make-ahead? Yes, prep the night before. It can be reheated.
Freezable? Yes, absolutely.
Soo, we’ve used light coconut milk in this recipe to keep the calories at just below 500kcal per serving. If you opt for the full fat coconut milk you’ll end up with 700kcal per serving. Both is fine, just sayin’.
Please note the nutritional information also includes the optional sugar.
We have some other awesomeeeeeee curries on the site. Our most popular is this lovely vegan chickpea curry. This red onion chutney is also perfect for serving with your curry.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Amazing Aubergine (Eggplant) Curry
Amount per Serving
Calories
534
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Sodium
 
259
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
1099
mg
31
%
Carbohydrates
 
74
g
25
%
Fiber
 
13
g
54
%
Sugar
 
18
g
20
%
Protein
 
20
g
40
%
Vitamin A
 
310
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
21
mg
25
%
Calcium
 
262
mg
26
%
Iron
 
5
mg
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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136 comments
  1. 5 stars
    Loved this, added chilli flakes for a bit more heat. I had courgettes and chard left from my ‘ odd box ‘ so added those too. Perfect.

    1. Hi Lynne! Yes, some extra chilli in there is a great idea to add some heat! Really glad you enjoyed it, thanks for writing!

    2. Brilliant additions! Glad you enjoyed the dish 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe thank you. I really enjoyed this curry and will carry on making it in the future. Maybe add some spinach for some greenery.

    1. Thanks too, Ursula! Really glad you enjoyed. Indeed, some spinach for extra greens sounds great!