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Curried Eggplant and Chickpea Stew

4 to 6 Servings

40 minutes

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This stew is a much-simplified version of Indian chole baigan, an eggplant and chickpea curry. Instead of using a slew of spices, we reach for only curry powder, but we build depth of flavor by cooking the tomato paste and curry in oil until the mixture begins to brown. And to speed along the cooking, we make the sauce on the stovetop while browning the eggplant and onion under the broiler. Canned chickpeas also make the stew a breeze to prepare. The best tool for shaving wide zest strips from the lemon is a Y-style peeler, but try to remove only the colored skin without taking much of the bitter white pith just underneath. Serve the curry with warmed naan and basmati rice.

4 to 6



Don’t drain the chickpeas of their liquid. We add the starchy liquid to the skillet along with the chickpeas to create a rich, stewy consistency.

40 minutes


  • 1

    pound eggplant, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1

    medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced


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Santiago N.
July 17, 2022
Deliciously sweet and nutritious
We used our pizza oven to broil/roast at 650 degrees for 10 minutes. Perfect light char. Also added 2 cups baby spinach at the end with lemon juice and eggplant, and covered the pan until the spinach wilted.
Christine C.
July 5, 2022
Loved the eggplant
I didn't love the curry - but I likely did not measure :) so I served the eggplant by itself it was wonderful!
Becky T.

I just made this and it was meh. Maybe my curry powder is old, but it didn't have a ton of flavor.

kathleen h.

I'm with Becky. It was fast, it was easy it was boring. Thick and glommey even after adding lots of water. Not a repeat. My curry powder was fresh

John P.

I just made this after a day of digging out of the curve snow storm. I would definitely make this one again . This with some crusty Italian or French bread was spot on. I did open a fresh bottle of curry powder so the flavor was noticeable and warming. I might dial back the lemon house slightly but overall it was a keeper on my end .