Indian Eggplant Curry and 10 Useless Facts

by Spicie Foodie on August 24, 2012

Indian Eggplant Curry, Vegan, Spicie Foodie

It’s Friday and I have a recipe to share with you today. All day I’ve been going back and forth on what words should accompany the recipe. I either can’t decide or am too tired or perhaps just being lazy. Sure I could share an intriguing story on how or why this recipe came to be. I could also give you nutrition facts, or some interesting background story about eggplants or tomatoes. But that would require taking time to do some research and I just don’t have the energy right now.

Instead I thought I’d share 10 useless facts about me, that of course you didn’t ask, or probably care to know. But it’s Friday so let’s keep things light hearted to get weekend started. Okay here it goes…I hope I don’t regret this in a few weeks.

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1. Raw garlic burns my skin and eyeballs. Once I was using my garlic press, and being the klutz that I am, of course I somehow managed to squirt garlic juice into my eyeball. Did it burn? H-e-l-l yeah!! Don’t ever try this at home.

2. In the US I am 1 inch (height wise) away from being technically handicapped : / In Europe I have to ask for help or jump like an idiot to reach food items from the top shelves:(

3. My right index finger nail is slightly turned left. When I was a little girl I smashed that finger on my dad’s car door. I screamed bloody murder and once my father saw what I had done, ran out of the car to opened my side of the door. People looked on curiously. Don’t worry, I learned my lesson and I now always make sure my fingers are all inside the car before shutting the door.

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4. Sometimes my husband thinks I’m a 7 year old trapped in a 33 year old’s body. Reason being is that I always laugh at potty jokes and immature humor in movies or tv shows. Seriously I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I just can’t help it.

5. I consider South Park a source of great wisdom. Butters rules!

6. I started getting grey hairs in my mid 20s, and now I have 20 grey hairs…What?… You really think I’m going to tell you the truth?

7. Don’t laugh. I love all of the Star Trek series, except the original series- I can’t stand it. So I guess I’m not a real “Trekky”. I can’t wait until a Holodeck is invented, oh the fun I could have. Anyone else want one too? Also I think Jean-Luc Picard and Captain Archer are super sexy… Anyone there, did I loose you?

8. When it comes to superstitions I don’t believe in them. Yet sometimes I find myself doing things superstitions say. The exception being Friday the 13th, I think it’s a good luck day. Since everyone hates it, it makes me feel bad for it, so I show it some love.

9. If Painkiller by Judas Priest is played in my presence I might hurt someone. No one should be exposed to that kind of torture. You hear me husband?

10. The answer to who shot J.R. still bothers me to this day. Okay so I’ve never actually seen and episode of Dallas, but that is one of the world’s unanswered questions… or was it actually answered? So who killed him? Wait, what’s Dallas and who’s J.R.?

Indian Eggplant Curry, Vegan, Spicie Foodie

4.6 from 7 reviews

Indian Eggplant Curry
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This eggplant curry goes excellent on top of basmati rice for a delicious vegetarian dinner or to scoop with some nan bread. (vegan dinner)
Recipe type: Entree, Main, Vegan, Vegetarian, Side Dish
Serves: 2-4
  • 2 large eggplants, even sized pieces
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • fresh ginger 4 cm/1.5 inch piece finely chopped(or ½ teaspoon ginger powder)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seed
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala*
  • fresh chile or Chili powder- to your taste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  1. In a large pan heat the oil, once warm onions, chile and ginger, cook until onion has softened. Next add all of the spices and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning. Next add tomatoes and eggplant and mix until the eggplant has been well coated with the spices.
  2. Cover and simmer under medium low heat until the eggplant has cooked all the way through, is soft and the liquid has evaporated leaving a thick mixture. Taste for salt and spiciness, and adjust to your taste.
  1. This eggplant curry goes excellent on top of basmati rice for a delicious vegetarian dinner or to scoop with some nan bread.
*Please notice that my curry does not say that this is the traditional Indian eggplant curry, where the eggplants are roasted, this is my own quicker version. Take the time to adjust and taste the spices to your own liking, specially if you use commercially made garam masala. *The Garam Masala powder I used was my own recipe. Find it here: http://www.spiciefoodie.com/2009/07/08/garam-masala-indian-curry-spice-2/


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Thanks everyone for playing along. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. See you back here on Sunday for Sunday Snapshots. Also don’t forget to add your recipes to August’s YBR roundup.


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{ 66 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa August 24, 2012 at 9:49 AM

A beautiful curry!




2 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM



3 RavieNomNoms August 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Gorgeous curry and such a fun post! I love the facts! :-)


4 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Thanks Ravie!


5 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb August 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Southpark ole! couldnt agree more, butters is cute. little Mechikano…. hehe

Nooo… its the other way round! The old star trek episodes were cool!

yeah friday the 13th is my lucky day as well. no idea how it came to that…

Oh and we r big eggplant fans here. Your brinjal curry looks terrific!

Wish u a lovely weekend!


6 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Haha, I remember that episode and it was so funny how they changed his name to Spanish. Well, we might not agree on Star Trek but seems like agree enough on the others. Thank Helene and you too have a great weekend:)


7 Cakewhiz August 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Loved reading those facts :)
I am only in my 20′s and getting grey hair too ….i am getting them even more after i had the baby a few months ago :S

Indian curries are a family favorite. I have a few different versions For eggplant curries but simple ones like yours are ones i like the most!


8 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Thankfully we have hair dye to help cover them up, lol:) Thanks!


9 dassana August 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM

good lighting on the pics. nice to know the useless facts… i had started having grey hair in my tweens and even today i have grey…. i forgot to count the numbers… lol


10 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Hehe, maybe it’s better not to count them. Thanks Dassana!


11 Ramona August 24, 2012 at 3:41 PM

LOL! I loved reading your “useless facts”. It’s fun getting to know the sillier side of you. You know I love this eggplant curry. Looks amazing. :)


12 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Thank you Ramona, hehe:)


13 Faith August 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

What a fun idea for a post! I loved reading more about you and getting to know you better. I feel like if we lived nearby, these are the things I would absolutely love to talk and joke about over a cup of coffee. :)

LOVE eggplant, and this curry is gorgeous!


14 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Thank you Faith. I’d love to have coffee with you and a funny chat:) Thanks and have a great weekend.


15 Ala August 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Why hello there, fellow 5’1″-er! Jumping up and down like a short-necked giraffe is a source of universal mortification, I think, and I completely empathize…but I do have to say that visiting Asia periodically gives me a nice boost (if not in my actual height, then in my ego–I’m definitely an average-sized breed there). Anyway, thanks for sharing!


16 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Hi Ala,
Lol, actually I’m even shorter than that, I’m under 5′ft;) But glad to have a fellow shorty to empathize with. Thanks!


17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I love this curry! Such a beautiful dish, and I loved reading your 10 facts too :).


18 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Thank you Laura:)


19 Yelena August 25, 2012 at 4:52 AM

4. “Never loose your childish enthusiasm”-))) We love you dear girl!


20 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Lol, thank you Yelena:) I’ll try hanging onto it as long as I can. Maybe I’ll be 60 years old and still have that humor, hehe;)


21 tania@mykitchenstories.com.au August 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Nancy I love your recipe , eggplant is really made for indian spices. Very cute facts about you ……shorty!


22 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Thank you Tania! Yep, I’m a shorty:)


23 Nandita August 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

The curry looks so fantastic. Loved the presentation.
I enjoyed reading those facts about you. I came to know that we have something in common. Even I had my finger smashed by a car door. The only difference is, it was my ring finger and I had it smashed twice :(


24 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Ouch! Geesh, I hope you haven’t ended up with broken bones.


25 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun August 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Fun post and gorgeous curry! A truly winning combination.


26 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Thanks Victoria:)!


27 Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today August 25, 2012 at 2:58 PM

you’ve just caused a conversation about Star wars, hahaha. I love it. And a garlic juice in your eye – ups, had to be painful. Very funny post and I want to know more!


28 Spicie Foodie August 25, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Hi Marta,
I also like the original Star Wars, the newer ones are horrible. It wasn’t pleasant:) Lol, I have plenty of funny stories or my clumsiness, so I’ll have to share them with you. Thank Marta!


29 Patty August 25, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Love eggplant and curry so I’m all over this dish! Beautiful photos and very interesting facts about you, thanks for sharing Nancy! Enjoy your weekend ;-)


30 Spicie Foodie August 26, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Thanks Patty!


31 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I can totally relate to all about you — we are both 33 and I made similar curry a few days ago!!! Talk about coincidence ;)


32 Spicie Foodie August 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM

What funny coincidences:)


33 Spicie Foodie August 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM

What funny coincidences:)


34 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers August 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Not only do I like your recipe but I also laughed my head off reading what you wrote. A car door was shut on my fingers too when I was a child when my siblings saw an actor passing our car. I screamed me head off but it took them some time to snap out of their star struck immobility. I just covered my white hairs the other day with the help of my hairdresser. I’m becoming middle-aged in exactly 3 days so cover them to hide the age. :-)


35 Spicie Foodie August 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Oh my good, your story is way funnier than mine:) Haha, yay for hairdressers! Thanks Rowena!


36 Suzanne Perazzini August 26, 2012 at 3:31 AM

I had a quick look at the comments above but think that no one answered your desperate question on who killed JR. It was his wife’s sister. There, now you know but as for who is JR and what’s Dallas, you’re on your own.


37 Spicie Foodie August 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Lol!! Thank you Suzanne:) Now I’ll have to see it the show is on Netflix.


38 anna August 26, 2012 at 5:11 AM

haha i love your facts! b-b-b-b-butters! he is my favorite. also thanks for the good idea of what to do with eggplant! also i made your ejotes con huevos for breakfast this morning and it was fantastic!


39 Spicie Foodie August 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Lol, we all love Butters:) Thanks Anna and glad to hear you liked the ejotes. Now I’m craving them for breakfast too;)


40 Eha August 26, 2012 at 6:01 AM

I finally know what dish I am going to cook for lunch tomorrow! ’cause the ruddy eggplant has been waiting some four days in the fridge! Loved your particular ‘ten’ – don’t think mine would be quite as witty: Can’t believe the NEW [!!!] ‘Dallas’ is beginning on Oz TV this week with three of the old participants in tow! God bless to those who have time for such, tho’ may take 10 minutes to see how many grey hairs/bald heads THEY have developed :) ! Mine arrived more years ago than is decent to admit: now it is all natural streaks and friend/neighbours ask: ‘Who is your hairdresser’?!


41 Spicie Foodie August 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Lol, I’m sure the actors have a few more grey hairs and bald spots. I want my hair to look like yours:)


42 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 26, 2012 at 6:44 AM

My husband loves Star Trek and South Park!!!! Gosh…Dallas….HE LOVES this sope! I think it’s Sue Ellen.
Have you recognized that John Ross–son of JR also appeared on Star Trek? (the one who wanted to be Data?)
A delicious curry and I love the click of tomato and eggplant.


43 Spicie Foodie August 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Hi Angie,
Oh, your husband has great tastes;) Lol! No I didn’t know that. I’ll have to go back through my Next Generation DVDs and find that episode. Thanks!


44 kitchenriffs August 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Love egg plant and I love curry. Put them together? Heaven! Really fun post – thanks.


45 Spicie Foodie August 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM



46 mjskit August 26, 2012 at 7:01 PM

What a great Eggplant curry!! I have always found Indian seasonings with eggplant to be my favorite! Loved the 10 useless facts! Yes, Jean-Luc Picard is sexy! Captain Kirk is a dork. Kenny lives on! Gray hair in your 20′s means totally gray by 45 – I know that for a fact! :)


47 Spicie Foodie August 27, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Yay, you agree:) Wow, so my suspicions are correct. Well, I’ll have enough time to accept it, lol. Thanks MJ!


48 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 29, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Wait a minute!! I’m not sure how tall you are, but I’m pretty positive you are taller than me… :D I think if I go to Europe I’d look like an elementary student. lol.

Great curry recipe. Curry and eggplant goes well together… looks delicious. I need lots of rice to go with this.


49 Spicie Foodie August 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Lol, I’m 4’11″, really short! Now I wonder how tall you are? Yes, it’s funny because when I stand next to elementary students, I am either their height, or shorter;/Thanks Nami!


50 Laura @ Family Spice August 30, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Since Suzanne told who shot JR, I can tell you that they have brought “Dallas” back to television. I grew up in Houston during the 80′s and my mom and I watched “Dallas” every Friday night. Nothing like a good trashy prime time soap opera about the oil business to bring the family together!!! In other words, you didn’t miss anything!


51 Spicie Foodie September 4, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Lol, I used to be like that about Mexican soap operas. I can’t believe they brought “Dalla” back again.


52 TastefullyJulie September 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM

My go-to Indian eggplant dish is bartha but I will have to try this curry because it looks delicious!

And for a second I was jealous of your measly 20 gray hairs ;)


53 Meow Meow November 12, 2012 at 5:32 AM

Could I substitute Japanese eggplant?


54 Spicie Foodie November 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Yes, I don’t see why not.


55 Melissa Raj November 30, 2012 at 2:20 AM

YUM!! Thanks for both the fun post, and a quick and easy brinjal curry! I stayed away from such curries for awhile, thinking that eggplant was hard to cook through. But this was great! I only added extra spice I think, then added water to the curry so that hubby would enjoy with rice. I finished it with a seasoning of little mustard seed, cumin seed, garlic, red chili and curry leaves. I myself and liking this a lot – I am so thankful to add one mor dish to my rotation which makes the work/life balance a bit easier – I am very grateful to you for that, THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!


56 JDoe April 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM

If you’re working too, I really do hope your husband cooks half the week!


57 Jenny December 6, 2012 at 9:30 AM

This looks delicious! About how long do you think step #2 normally takes? Thank you!


58 Jenny December 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM

This looks delicious! About how long does the simmering in step #2 normally take? Thank you!


59 Spicie Foodie December 6, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Hi Jenny,
It will depend on how thick you’ve cut the eggplant. But I would estimate about 10 minutes. Enjoy!


60 Rannie February 22, 2013 at 5:29 AM

U r funny, love the posts, and will def make the brinjal curry…cheers


61 Spicie Foodie February 25, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Thanks and enjoy Rannie!


62 GoaldeeBug May 11, 2013 at 12:22 AM

I will be trying out this recipe tonight. It looks and sounds delicious!

Who shot JR? I can;t believe nobody has answered this yet! LOL

He had been having an affair with his wife’s sister, and it was her that shot him. I can’t remember her name or why she shot him.

Thanks for the great post.


63 Spicie Foodie May 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Haha, thanks for giving me the answer about JR.:) Enjoy your eggplant curry!


64 christy c January 12, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Hello! This recipe is superb but I find it much more thrilling for the tastebuds and exquistely creamy when the eggplant is first roasted in the oven (poke with a fork) until the skin is crisp and then peeled off and cubed. It adds a whole new dimension to the dish. :)


65 Amanda February 5, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I followed the recipe exactly and although it looked quite good, the taste wasn’t very immaculate. I thought it would be better. The only thing I changed was the type of eggplant. I had Indian eggplant. Could this be why? There wasn’t that eggplant taste, it was very bland.



66 Spicie Foodie February 5, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Hi Amanda,

I have never tasted Indian eggplant so I can’t tell you if it is more bland than the Italian variety I used. Normally I think eggplant is quite bland so it benefits from the use of strong spices like the one called for in the recipe. What I would suggest is to taste once the eggplant is soft, then add more garam masala or whatever you think it needs for the dish to satisfy your tastebuds. Some of use need more spices and it’s perfectly fine to adjust recipes until they fit our palates. Enjoy! ~Nancy


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