Curry with eggplant and chickpeas

easy vegan curry

An easy and budget-friendly curry with eggplant and chickpeas

Rice, rice, rice. Eating vegan to me now means that I will eat a lot of rice. It is tasty, easy, cheap, and usually can go with anything. I generally like to say that rice can be cooked with any vegetable but there seems to be something special in the combination of rice with chickpea and eggplant curry. I must say, this is one of the very few “curry” recipes that I actually enjoy, apart from my lentil (not so much of a dahl) dahl. Eggplant also seems to be a lifesaver when it comes to adding a bit of a flavor to any meal and this is no exception.

Even though I am a big fan of eggplant and can use it for pretty much any meal, this is the first recipe in which I mention it.

Curry with eggplant and chickpeas

This is a healthy and easy vegan recipe that you can whip up in almost no time.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4-5 cloves garlic (chopped or minced)
  • 1 eggplant, chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 and a half cup rice
  • some cherry tomatoes (2-3 cups would do, more is better)
  • Spices:
    – 1 full tbsp curry
    – 1 tsp ground cumin
    – some salt
    – 1 tsp cayenne pepper
    – a pinch of black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
ingredients for vegan curry

How to make the eggplant chickpea curry:

  1. Cook your rice as you normally do and put it aside.
  2. Heat up some oil in a large pot and add the onion and garlic.
  3. Stir onion around until slightly golden or more (up to you.)
  4. Add all spices and stir around well.
  5. Add the eggplant, vegetable broth, chickpeas and tomatoes in.
  6. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low heat for around 25 minutes. When it is done, much of the liquid will be gone.
  7. Taste to see how taste is and add more spices or salt if necessary.
  8. It’s ready!
  9. Enjoy with your rice or eventually try with couscous, quinoa or maybe even pasta (haven’t tried it myself).

Don’t eat those eggplant leaves!

Eggplants are part of the nightshade family which means they contain certain alkaloids which can be toxic. Eating the leaves of eggplants can lead to burning in the throat, nausea and even vomiting.

Eggplants are fruits?

Eggplants are actually fruits, like tomatoes. Please don’t fight me.

Eggplant is grown for its usually egg-shaped fleshy fruit and is usually eaten as a cooked vegetable. Some even consider it a berry (weirdos).

  • Eggplants are able to absorb oil and taste into their fleshy parts which is what makes them so awesome for cooking.
  • When raw, an eggplant can have a very bitter taste – do not recommend eating it raw.
  • Eggplant can be steamed, stir-fried, pan fried, deep fried, barbecued, roasted, stewed, curried, or pickled. 
  • It can also be stuffed with anything your heart desires.
eggplant on a cutting board


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