Curried Eggplant with Tomatoes and Basil


adapted slightly from Real Simple

Curried Eggplant With Tomatoes and Basil

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • kosher salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved (or chopped slicing tomatoes)
  • 1 eggplant (about 1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt (preferably Greek), optional

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine the rice, 1 ½ cups water, and ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Stir the rice once, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 18 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, eggplant, curry powder, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add 2 cups coconut milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until eggplant is tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in the chickpeas and cook just until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  6. Remove the vegetables from heat and stir in the basil. Fluff the rice with a fork. Serve the vegetables over the rice with yogurt, if using.

 

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