This aubergine curry is a side dish recipe based on Pakistani style of cooking.
As always, I tweaked the recipe a little bit, in spice proportion and the method. However, I can assure you that this aubergine curry recipe is quick to make and delicious to eat.
If you do how I do by using two frying pans at the same time, it should take you approximately half an hour to make the dish. So it’s an ideal choice for when you fancy a comfort vegetarian food that can be ready in no time.
This vegan dish somehow reminds me of Indonesian Balado Terong. At the same time, it also reminds me of Turkish Imam Bayildi – that I featured in one of my Eid festive food ideas.
The difference lies in the spices and cooking methods.
Ingredients for aubergine curry baingan
Aubergine/ Eggplant/ Baingan
Needless to say, the main ingredient for this dish is Aubergine which is also called eggplant in some parts of the world. And it is called Baingan in Urdu.
I used red onion when I cooked this aubergine in curry sauce for the photoshoot for this post. However, you can use yellow/brown onion. They’re the same.
For this simple and easy aubergine in a curry side dish, I use ground coriander, ground cumin, turmeric powder, chilli powder, and ground black pepper.
I also use fresh ginger and garlic paste.
Although I used fresh tomatoes for this recipe, you can always substitute it with canned/ tinned tomatoes. One can of chopped tomatoes is more than enough for this recipe.
You can use any type of cooking oil that you prefer. I personally use rapeseed oil or sunflower oil mostly. You will only need three tablespoons of oil for this eggplant curry recipe.
How to make aubergine curry in Pakistani style
The original recipe that I learned from my sister in law uses the method of cooking the raw aubergine pieces in the spice masala.
I prefer pan-roast the eggplant pieces first before I cook them in the curry sauce.
And before I roast the veggie on a frying pan without oil, I would sprinkle the aubergine chunks with salt and let it rest while I get on with my sauce. Then after about 10 minutes when the aubergines release the sap, I rinse them with water and carefully squeeze the water as much as I can.
I find this trick makes the aubergines taste fresher and tastier.
Then fry the aubergine pieces on a frying pan without anything. Stir it every now and again.
At the same time, make the curry sauce by frying the onion on a cooking pan.
When onion becomes slightly brown, add all the spices and fry until it gives aroma.
Add in the tomatoes and cook until they are softened. Mash the tomatoes as much as you can. When the curry sauce becomes smooth and thick, add the roasted aubergine in the sauce. And cook further for about 5 minutes with the cover on.
Ways to enjoy aubergine dry curry
Unlike some curries, this aubergine curry is slightly dry. It doesn’t have much sauce or gravy.
So the dish is lovely to enjoy with roti/ chapati, naan bread, pitta bread, or flatbread.
However, I personally love to eat it with plain white Basmati rice. Maybe because in Indonesia we enjoy our aubergine curry – which is called Balado Terong – with rice. As you might know, rice is the main staple for Indonesians. So I’m used to having rice as well.
As a side dish, this eggplant curry is nice to pair with other similar dry curries such as Aloo Palak (potato and spinach curry), Aloo keema (minced meat and potato curry), lamb keema matar (lamb minced-meat curry with green peas), or chicken and peppers curry.
I hope you enjoy the post and you’re now intrigued to try this easy recipe for aubergine curry. If you did, it would be awesome if you could share what you think about the recipe in the comments below. Or, perhaps you want to share things you did to improvise the recipe? I’m sure others will love to learn it too.
Before you go, don’t forget to check my other recipes that you may like.
- Mung bean curry recipe: Pakistani whole mung bean dal.
- Aloo palak: potato and spinach curry Pakistani style.
- Pakistani lamb keema matar: lamb minced meat with green peas.
- Aloo gosht: Pakistani style potato and meat curry.
- Lauki gosht: Pakistani meat curry with bottle gourd.
- Chicken and peppers curry.
Thank you and all the best.