Friday, October 21, 2011

Indian-Thai Fusion Eggplant Curry

I love both the flavors of Thai food and Indian food.  So I knew mixing both these aromatic flavors together would be a marriage made in culinary heaven.  The eggplant is a perfect vegetable to try with this flavor combination because it can stand up to both the spices and the fish sauce that I used in the dish.  This eggplant curry can be eaten along with any Indian/ Sri Lankan rice and curry meal or even with a Thai meal.

1 large American Eggplant cut into bite size pieces
10-15 curry leaves
8-10 dry red chilies (optional)
1-2 green chilies sliced
1-2 Tbs of garlic ginger paste or 2-3 cloves of garlic minced with 1Tbs of ginger minced
1 medium onion chopped
1Tbs of curry powder (I used McCormick brand)
1 tsp red chili flakes (or to taste)
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 Tbs fish sauce or to taste ( this is the salt in the dish)
1/2 can of coconut milk
1/2 cup water 
juice of half of a lime

Heat your wok on high heat and add 2Tbs of canola oil.  When heated add your onion, whole dried red chilies, fresh green chilies, curry leaves and cook for 2-3 minutes. 

Next add your fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and fry for another 2-3 minutes.

Then add your ginger/garlic paste and fry for another 2 minutes.

 Then add your cubed eggplant sprinkled with the turmeric. Fry for 2-3 minutes.

Now add your ground spices, curry powder and chili powder/flakes.  Fry for another 2-3 minutes.

Now add your fish sauce, 1/2 cup of water and coconut milk.  Cook for 20 minutes on the stove until the eggplant starts to soften and break down a bit.  I like the eggplant to be tender and soft.  Taste for seasoning.  If you like your flavors, turn off the stove and finish off with a little lime juice. 
 *note add more water as needed if you need to cook your eggplant longer.

Serves with rice and enjoy.  Serves 4-6 people.


  1. I love curried eggplant! I usually go with a red Indian-style curry, but I can imagine Thai pretty well, too.

  2. Absolutely perfect combination. Love it.

  3. Great recipe for eggplant,I like dry chilli in it,YummY.

  4. wow yummy curry and looks so tempting with wonderful clicks ....

  5. i like your food pictures and want to invite you to try out it's for anyone that just wants another place to submit photos and share it will other foodies.

  6. This is absolutely delicious! I'm a HUGE fan of eggplant and, buzz, BUZZ! Absolutely stunning!

  7. Great combination, I love it! This looks and sounds delicious, something I could totally see myself eating! Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  8. The spices in this sound fantastic, can't wait to try it out!

  9. I have to say, these are some of the best pictures I've seen on your blog. They came out beautiful!! I wish I was there to try a bite :)

  10. I am SO on this. Wow. Great pictures, too.

  11. Making my grocery list for the week and intend to make this beautiful veggie meal! Awesome!

  12. This looks sooo good. My hubby would love this!

  13. delicious looking curry looks wonderful

  14. Beautiful dish and I bet it smelled so good in your kitchen. You're a great cook Ramona.

  15. Looks so good and I have a spare eggplant lying around, so I am trying it now


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