Sweet Potato and Aubergine Curry

Sweet potato and aubergine curry

A recent restaurant experience demonstrated that true curry is so much more than a cliché of unbearably hot and heavy sauces. Indian food was revealed to be a wonderful, varied and delicious cuisine to experience.

My wife and I decided to explore this at home. To begin with, a simple, healthy and very tasty vegetarian curry.
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Sweet Potato and Aubergine Curry

20 mins preparation
40 mins cooking
Easy
6-8 servings
Rice or naan bread

Equipment

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knives
  • Large pan or wok with cover
  • Spatula
  • Slotted spoon

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 2 white onions
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds*
  • ½ tsp chilli powder*
  • 2 tsp garam masala*
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • Fresh coriander
  • Cold water

* adjust these as appropriate for personal taste.

Stirring the vegetables together with the onions and aromatics

Method

  1. Clean skins of potatoes and sweet potatoes.
  2. Cut aubergine, sweet potatoes and potatoes into bite-sized chunks.
  3. Finely chop onions into small chunks.
  4. Heat oil in wok/pan. Fry onion and cumin seeds until onion is soft.
  5. Add in salt, turmeric, chili powder, tomato puree and garam masala. Stir into onion mix.
  6. Add in aubergine, sweet potato and potato chunks. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Reduce the heat, add enough cold water to come halfway up pan contents (about 150ml).
  8. Simmer/steam covered for 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally.
  9. With a slotted spoon, serve in small bowls as a snack or side dish.
  10. Garnish with some fresh coriander leaves.
Sweet potato and aubergine curry with rice and naan bread

Hints, Tips and Pictures

  1. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge and re-heated for further meals.
  2. For a smokey flavour the aubergine can be cold-smoked in advance.
    Smoking aubergine sliced in a Big Green Egg
  3. The skin can be removed from the potatoes if desired.
  4. Check out the Goan Imports blog for loads of excellent recipes of this genre.

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