Thai Aubergine Curry

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This is a simplified version of a Thai street food dish. The combination of aubergine, lemongrass, tamarind, coconut milk, sugar and spices is incredible. Many people have said this is the most delicious curry they’ve ever eaten!

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Preparation time

Cook time

Total time

45

Cuisine

Thai

Meal

  • mains
  • lunches

Servings

4

Ingredients

  • 3 large aubergines, each cut into 6 slices (lengthways)
  • Sesame oil for frying (you can also use rapeseed)
  • 5 shallots or 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 stick lemongrass (bashed)
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 4 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tins coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp syrup (eg maple, agave) or 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp stock powder (eg Marigold, vegan)
  • Juice of 2 limes

Spices

  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch fennel seeds

Optional: serve with Jasmine rice, Thai crackers (Sainsbury’s do a fish-free version… see below), fresh coriander, Thai Basil, lime, unsweetened vegan yoghurt, sweet chilli sauce, toasted cashews

Instructions

  1. Either fry the aubergine slices on each side until golden with a little oil and salt OR if you prefer pre-heat the oven to 180ºC (fan)/350ºF/Gas Mark 4, lightly coat the slices in oil and a sprinkle of salt and roast them until golden (around 15 minutes on each side), turning once. Set aside. (Note: we charred ours on a griddle pan first – a few minutes on each side)
  2. Lightly fry the shallots/onion with the fennel seeds in the sesame oil until soft and golden.
  3. Add the crushed garlic and fry for a further minute.
  4. Add all the spices, stir and fry for another minute.
  5. Add the coconut milk, tamarind paste, lemongrass, soya sauce, stock powder, syrup/sugar. Bring to the boil and then simmer to reduce for around 20-30 minutes.
  6. Adjust the flavour to your taste, adding more soya sauce, syrup or lime juice (if necessary).
  7. Remove the lemongrass before serving. Serve with rice and optional extras.

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