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Roasted Eggplant Curry

by Merle O'Neal

Inspired by thrivemarket.com

Ingredients

for 6 servings

  • 3 medium eggplants
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) coconut oil
  • ½ medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, peeled and minced
  • 3 roma tomatoes, Ripe, Diced, Medium size
  • 15 oz (425 mL) coconut milk
  • ½ cup (120 mL) water
  • cooked rice, for serving
  • fresh cilantro, chopped, for serving

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
  2. Slice the tops off the eggplants, then slice them in half lengthwise. Cut each half once more lengthwise. Lay the slices on their flat sides and cut lengthwise into thirds. Finally, slice horizontally to form cubes.
  3. Transfer to a baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through, until golden brown.
  4. In a large saucepan, heat the coconut oil over high hat. Add the onions, stir for 1 minute, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown, about 8 minutes.
  5. Stir in the chili powder, cardamom, and smoked paprika. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  6. Stir in the ground coriander, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, turmeric, garlic, and ginger. Cook for a few minutes more, stirring constantly.
  7. Add the chopped tomatoes, coconut milk, water, and the roasted eggplant.
  8. Bring the curry to a simmer, then reduce to low heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes. The sauce should reduce and thicken slightly.
  9. Serve the curry warm over rice, topped with chopped cilantro.
  10. Enjoy!
 

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