Eggplant, Chickpea and Tomato Curry


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.

Eggplant, Chickpea and Tomato Curry
Photo: © James Baigrie
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Serve With

White rice and yogurt.

Suggested Pairing

Full-bodied New Zealand Pinot Gris.

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