Madras curry powder is a blend of many spices, including cardamom, chiles, coriander and cumin. Since it is hotter than regular curry powder, it adds a delicious kick to this Indian-style, late-summer vegetable stew of eggplant, tomatoes and chickpeas in a sublime coconut-ginger broth. Prepare the recipe with vegetable stock for an excellent vegetarian main course.
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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 red onions, each cut into 8 wedges
One 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons Madras curry powder
1 eggplant (1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch dice
One 14-ounce can of chickpeas, drained
1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
How to Make It
In a very large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and cook over moderate heat until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the curry powder and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the eggplant, chickpeas, stock and coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over moderate heat until the eggplant begins to soften, about 8 minutes.
Stir the tomatoes into the curry, cover and simmer until the eggplant is tender, about 3 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cilantro and serve.
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