20 minutes in combination with curry and soft eggplant? Who can say no to that? Seriously, standing in the kitchen for hours when we are hungry and don’t have much time is just not great fun. So we often grab something quick and often not the healthiest options. But this does not have to be the case! It is sooo easy to make something healthy and delicious is like only twenty minutes! And really, these 20 minutes of cooking probably are the most meditative break during your busy day.
What’s special about this dish?
it is not quite a regular curry – but it also is not a stir fry. It is something inbetween. Actually I have been inspired by Baba Ganush when I came up with this dish (which is a middle eastern eggplant dip) and wanted to make a curry version of it that is not quite as creamy. And that kind of is what it turned out to be – a mix of Baba Ganush, Curry and Stir Fry. Anyway, no matter how you label it, it is super addicting.
Contrary to regular curry, it does not contain many different veggies and it not as saucy. The only veggies in it are the eggplant and the edamame. Why? Because we’re keeping it simple. This way the flavors also come through more intense and you can really focus on the eggplant and edamame. The eggplant is basically the base and adds some softness and the edamame gives a nice & fresh contrast.
Is this dish healthy?
OH YES! The main star of the show is eggplant! Besides being super tasty, eggplant also is super healthy! Eggplants are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fibre. Plus they come with a bunch of antioxidants and they are incredibly easy to cook! You could roast them like in the Sesame Roasted Miso Eggplant Recipe or you could add it to an italian tomato stew or throw it into a salad! Options are endless!
Then we also have edamame. Edamame actually is one of my favourite foods ever! The actually are a bean, and therefore extremely high in fibre and protein!! Plus, obv. a bunch of minerals! That all comes with a side of rice, which provides us the carbs to stay happy and healthy and full of energy throughout the entire day!
How to make this dish?
That now really is easy as pie!! It really only comes down to chopping garlic and eggplant and frying them in oil untl soft. Here we need to salt the eggplant, because the salt helps to get the water out of the eggplant, which makes it cook quicker. All that’s left to do now, is to add the edamame and the curry paste that has been mixed with the coconut milk and let it simmer. To garnish we only chop up some spring onions and cilantro and there you go! Easy as pie!
Meal prep friendly?
Yepyepyep! Curry actually is one of the foods that is the meal prep friendliest. It actually enhances in flavour when you let it stand overnight. You can just store it separately from the rice and either heat it up in a pot with a splash of water or in the microwave. This really makes it even more suitable as a quick lunch, because then it really only takes about 5 minutes!
Honestly, this has become one of my new favourites and it is soso good! Easy, quick, super tasty, and healthy! I do not know what you are waiting for any more and why you are not already in the kitchen cooking! Have fun cooking!
The easiest 20 minute garlic curry eggplant
Ready in basically no time and yet so full of flavor and deliciousness. Th perfect dish for quick lunches or easy dinners. Soft and garlicy eggplant tossed in a spicy red curry sauce on a bed of fluffy rice. All you really need!
What you will need
- 1 eggplant
- 4 tbsp curry paste
- 100 ml coconut milk
- 1 tbsp oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- spring onions & cilantro for garnish
- 150 g rice
To a pot add the rice along with twice the amount of water and a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Once all water is absorbed turn down to very low heat and let the rice stand to fluff.
In the meantime finely chop the garlic clove and roughly cut the eggplant into about 2-3cm sized chunks. In a pan heat up the oil, then fry the garlic in it for about 1-2 minutes until fragrant before adding the soy sauce. Then add the eggplant and fry on medium high for about 5-8 minutes.
In the meantime combine the curry paste and coconut milk in a bowl and slice the spring onions.
Then add the coconut-curry mix to the eggplant and stir it in. Turn down to medium heat and let cook for about 8 minutes, until the eggplant is nice and soft.
By now the rice should be done too. Divide it onto the plates and top with the eggplant. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and spring onions and serve with a little cilantro!