Vegan turmeric curry

Vegan turmeric curry

vegan turmeric curry portion

I’m checking in really quickly to bring you a new recipe for a vegan turmeric curry with chickpeas and aubergines (eggplants). It’s a very simple recipe and doesn’t contain many photos as I am spending this week taking it easy. I am practising a lot of self-care and I’m already feeling much better than I did last weekend. I’ve been making full use of the beautiful late September sun that we’ve been blessed with lately and spending as much time in my hammock (even if I need a blanket to keep me warm) reading and decompressing.

I’ve decided I need to get a little more serious about meditation, which I have been doing on and off for a few years now, and I am doing my best to practise it daily alongside yoga or running. Unsurprisingly, I found that meditating, exercise and being outside, away from screens of all sorts, really does make a massive difference to how I feel. The key is sticking to it through thick and thin as I do have a propensity to ditch it when I no longer need it (meditation) or it tends to fall by the wayside when life gets busy and stressful (like the recent renovation), which is ironic as that’s when it’s needed most. I also got myself a CBT workbook and I’m going through it in the hope that I pick up some useful strategies and techniques that will enable me to cope better with stress. It’s little steps and it’s all a journey but the cost of doing nothing is just too great.

vegan turmeric curry aubergine

vegan turmeric curry pan

10 min
30 min
10 min
30 min
  • 1 medium eggplant / aubergine, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp / 30 ml vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp black mustard seeds
  • 8 dry (or fresh ones if you can find them) curry leaves
  • 3 small shallots / 1 small onion, diced finely
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced finely
  • 40 g / 1½ oz fresh ginger, finely chopped / grated
  • ½ medium hot red chilli, sliced (optional, adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ¾ tsp salt, adjust to taste
  • 400 ml / 14 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 400 g / 14 oz can (2 cups) cooked chickpeas
  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp lime juice, adjust to taste
  • 5 ml / 1 tsp maple syrup or sugar (optional)
  • fresh coriander, to serve
  1. Heat up the oven to 200° C / 390° F. Arrange aubergine / eggplant pieces on a baking tray (SEE NOTES*).
  2. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping the pieces to the other side halfway through.
  3. Next, toss pre-baked aubergine / eggplant in 10 ml / 2 tsp of oil and return to the oven for further 5-10 minutes to finish off.
  4. Heat up remaining 4 tsp oil in a heavy-bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves and fry them off gently until mustard seeds start to crackle.
  5. Add the diced shallots and fry on a low heat until almost translucent (for about 5-7 minutes), stirring from time to time.
  6. Next add in diced garlic, ginger and chilli (if using). Keep on frying gently for a few more minutes until fragrant, stirring frequently as they burn easily.
  7. Add ½ tsp of salt and all of the dry spices stir them around for a few seconds, making sure they don’t burn – if the pan gets too dry, add a splash of water.
  8. Add in a splash of water and coconut milk to the pan.
  9. Allow the sauce to come to a gentle simmer. Add drained chickpeas and simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  10. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning with more salt (if needed), lime juice and a little bit of maple syrup for balance.
  11. Serve the curry and the aubergine chunks on top of rice or / and with a vegan naan and garnish with fresh coriander.

*AUBERGINE / EGGPLANT: You could also fry aubergine off in oil first, but it does tend to absorb a lot of oil or simmer it in the curry sauce but I find that option a little bland, which is why I prefer to bake it in the oven.

If you can, allow the curry flavours to develop overnight as it always tastes better the day after it has been made.

5 g
31 g
20 g
10 g
31 g
*per serving
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3 reviews, 9 comments
Made this curry yesterday and left it overnight as suggested, which was hard because it smelled so good. I put in extra curry leaves because I love them. Stirred the eggplant through just before reheating. What a delicious curry, I'm so full right now but my tastebuds keep calling for more. Going to freeze the rest to enjoy another day. Thanks
    Thank you, Pauline. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this curry and that you had the patience to let it mature, good call! Thank you for letting me know that you enjoyed it. Ania
Which CBT book did you use?
    It's called Mind Over Mood! x Ania
Marcus Bridges:
We loved the recipe, but as Cauliflowers are in local abundance more so than eggplants (early Spring in NSW, Australia), we roasted cauliflower in the oven sprinkled with garam masala and added that. The sauce has a beautifully balanced flavour and a wonderful colour from the Turmeric. We will make it again for sure.
    Thanks, Marcus! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this dish and I absolutely agree, using what's in season where you live is a great idea. Roast cauliflower is a perfect curry accompaniment - I could eat a tray of it on its own easily! x Ania
Vicki Vargo:
It odes not say when to add the eggplant. In some pictures it looks like it is stirred in, in another picture, it looks like it was just put on top.
    Hi Vicki,
    Eggplant gets fully cooked in the oven so you can literally add it in at the very end. Hope this helps! Ania
I very much did! I made a double batch, no regrets.
    Delighted to hear that, Elle! Thank you. x Ania
This looks so beautiful! I'm going to make it tonight.
    Thanks Elle, I hope you'll enjoy it! x Ania
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