Eggplant Curry: Restaurant Style Recipe At Home

Tanusha Kumari

Tanusha Kumari
Aug 2023

2 min read
Eggplant Curry

Cooking Time

20 Minutes

Total Time

30 Minutes

  • 4-5 medium size Eggplants
  • 1 Finely Chopped Onion
  • 2 Chopped Tomatoes
  • 3 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 1-inch Piece of Grated Ginger
  • 2 Sliced Green Chilies (optional, adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • Pinch of Mustard Seeds (optional)
  • Few Curry leaves (based on preference)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander Seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chili Powder (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk (optional, for creaminess)
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh Cilantro (Coriander) leaves, for garnish
  • Hey there, fellow foodie! Today, we’ve got a real treat for you—a delicious and soul-satisfying eggplant curry recipe that’s sure to become a new favorite in your kitchen! Whether you’re an eggplant enthusiast or just looking to try something new, this curry is the one for you to try.

    The eggplant curry in India is made in many distinct ways. It’s because of the diversity and change in taste buds in every region of every Indian state.

    We are sharing a healthier yet tastier version of eggplant curry with you! So, if you’re ready to start on a flavorful adventure, grab your apron, and let’s dive into this delicious eggplant curry together. Trust me, you won’t be able to resist going back for seconds! Let’s get cooking!

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    How To Make Eggplant Curry Recipe?

    To make this recipe a simpler and healthier version is right below.

    • Firstly, heat the vegetable oil in a pan. Then add cumin seeds and mustard seeds (optional) and let them splutter.
    • Add the chopped onions and sauté until translucent. Now add the minced garlic, grated ginger, and sliced chilies and let it cook for another minute until the raw aroma disappears. Also, raw garlic benefits us in many ways.
    • Now you can add the spices turmeric, ground coriander, and red chili powder. Mix it well and cook for a minute or two to toast the spices.
    • The next step is to add the chopped tomatoes and cook them until they are soft and mushy.
    • Once your tomatoes are well cooked, then, add the cubed eggplants to the mixture. Stir them well to coat them in the mixture, and cook for a few minutes.
    • Then lower the heat, cover the pan, and let the eggplant cook until they become tender. Meanwhile, stir occasionally to prevent sticking. You can add water if it is sticking.
    • Once the eggplant is cooked, add the garam masala and salt. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste.
    • If you prefer a creamier curry, add coconut milk at this stage and mix it.
    • Then let the curry simmer for a couple more minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
    • Lastly, garnish with fresh coriander leaves before serving.

    Your eggplant curry is ready! Enjoy! Serve it with steamed rice or your favorite bread for a delightful and satisfying meal.

    Tastier And Healthier Version Of The Recipe

    To make a tastier and healthier version of this eggplant curry recipe at home, try these steps:

    • In this version, we will cook the masalas and the eggplants separately. Firstly, take the eggplants and split them into four, keeping the stem intact.
    • Next, in a pan, take vegetable oil and sauté the eggplants properly. Once they are cooked, keep them aside. Now, in the same oil, we will add chopped onions and sauté them until translucent. Then add minced garlic and grated ginger and cook it well. Now add the chopped tomatoes and your spices (turmeric, coriander, and red chili). Once they are all cooked, let them cool down, and then blend the mixture into a puree.
    • Both our masala and the eggplants are ready! Now it’s time to give them a tasty kick! 
    • In a separate pan, add a little bit of vegetable oil. Once the oil is heated, add mustard and cumin seeds, and curry leaves (if you like). Do you know curry leaves benefit us in many ways? Now add the blended masala to the pan and cook it well till the masala starts leaving oil.
    • Then add your star ingredient, the sauteed eggplants, to the pan. Mix it well, and on a low flame, let it simmer for a couple of minutes so that the flavor melds well with the eggplant.
    • Meanwhile, add salt and garam masala and adjust the seasoning accordingly.
    • If you prefer a creamier curry, add coconut milk at this stage and mix it well. Then let it simmer for a couple more minutes. Lastly, garnish with fresh coriander leaves, and then serve along with steamed rice or your favorite bread.

    Note: In both versions, you can add water if you like a runny curry; otherwise, it’s optional.

    Tips To Make A Healthy Diet With Eggplant Curry

    To make your eggplant curry more healthy, use these tips:

    1. Use minimal oil and opt for healthier cooking oils like olive oil or coconut oil. In India, we generally use vegetable oil and coconut oil in the southern region. You can also roast the eggplants instead of sautéing them.

    2. Beside eggplant, add other vegetables like bell pepper, spinach, carrot, or potato to boost the nutritional content of the curry. 

    3. Try to use low-sodium broth or coconut milk and go easy on the salt to keep your dish heart-friendly.

    4. Pair your curry with whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, or bread made from whole wheat to increase fiber intake and improve the overall nutritional value.

    5. Use fresh herbs like cilantro (coriander leaves) and spices such as turmeric, cumin, mustard, and coriander, which not only enhance the flavor but also offer several health benefits.

    Which of these versions do you like more? Comment down your version of eggplant curry.

    Fun Fact

    Oats, being a beloved diet food, have been cherished for centuries for their incredible health benefits and versatility. On the other hand, poor suji (semolina) seems to have been hiding in plain sight! Despite being equally delicious and remarkably versatile, it has often been overlooked in the world of diet foods. Click here to learn more about why and how you can also include suji in your diet.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What Are Some Side Dishes That Go Well With Eggplant Curry?

    Eggplant curry pairs well with a variety of accompaniments. The most common choices are plain steamed rice, basmati rice, or brown rice. You can also serve it with Indian bread like naan, roti, or paratha. A fresh side salad with cucumber, tomatoes, and onions adds a refreshing contrast to the warm and spicy curry.

    How Do I Choose The Right Eggplant For Curry?

    When selecting eggplants for curry, it’s essential to pick ones that are fresh and ripe. Look for eggplants that are firm, glossy, and have smooth skin. The stem of the eggplants should be green and fresh-looking. Avoid eggplants that have wrinkled skin and brown spots.

    How To Cook The Perfect Eggplant Curry For Weight Loss?

    To cook the perfect eggplant curry for weight loss, try using minimal oil in your curry. Instead of sautéing your eggplant, it is better to roast it and then use it in the curry. You can use healthy fats like olive oil or coconut oil in your curry. Following these tips, you can make your curry ideal for your weight loss journey.

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    This blog post was written to help you make healthy and better food choices altogether. So, be aware and take care. The important thing to consider is your own health before starting a diet that is restrictive. Always seek advice from a doctor/dietitian before starting if you have any concerns.

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