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Baked Baby Aubergine with Spicy Lentil and Chickpea Curry

Prep time 10 mins, cook time 35 mins

Serves 4

Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan

Aubergine Curry

Tender baby aubergines are served in a rich lentil and chickpea curry sauce, topped with a spoonful of refreshing yogurt. It is served with wild and basmati rice, which gives a nice contrast of flavours and textures.


For the baby aubergine curry

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 3 dried curry leaves toasted
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 450ml vegetable stock made with 1 low-sodium vegetable stock cube
  • 100g dried red lentils
  • 1 x 400g can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 100g frozen peas defrosted

For the Baby Aubergines

  • 600g baby aubergines
  • 1 tsp medium curry powder
  • 2 tsp olive oil

To serve

  • 320g white and wild basmati rice, dry weight (we used Tilda mixed pack)
  • 15g fresh coriander leaves
  • 100g vegan yogurt


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 7.
  2. To make the curry: In a large saucepan, heat 2 tsp oil and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes, until softened and golden. Sprinkle over the curry powder, turmeric, cumin, garlic, ginger and tomato puree. Fry for a minute. Scatter over the curry leaves, then pour in the chopped tomatoes and stock.
  3. Stir in the lentils, then cover the pan and simmer gently for 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat then process with a hand blender until it forms a smooth curry sauce.
  4. Add the chickpeas and peas to the curry sauce. Simmer with the lid off for 2-3 minutes, until piping hot.
  5. To prepare the baby aubergines: Trim the baby aubergines, then cut them in half lengthways. Place them face up on a baking tray. Mix the curry powder with the oil and brush over it the aubergines. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the aubergines are tender.
  6. To cook the rice: Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the rice, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Drain, then return the rice to the pan and fluff-up with a fork.
  7. To finish the curry: Take the pan off the heat and gently stir in the roasted baby aubergines.
  8. Serve the rice in bowls with the curry alongside, garnished with coriander leaves and a spoonful of yogurt.

Nutrition per serving

558 kcal
















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