Chickpea and Aubergine Curry Recipe (Vegan & Keto)

4 people
25 min

A deliciously easy vegan chickpea and aubergine curry that's cooked in 20 minutes in a pan. It's the perfect family mid-week dinner with in sweet, mild and creamy coconut milk sauce. Served with rice or a bed of spinach if wanting a keto curry.

You know, I nearly never made this aubergine and chickpea curry. What happened was, I found some unwanted eggplants (aubergine) in my local supermarket.

And whenever I acquire them, I love to make Slimming World aubergine parmigiana. But it can take quite a bit of time without a food processor to pan fry, layer, then bake in the oven.

For this eggplant and chickpea curry, it's much quicker. And I'm going to show you my time-saving hack with pan-fried diced aubergine. Then everything else is cooked in a particular order. Note, this is not roasted eggplant curry, but can be cooked that way if preferred.

What I Use to Make Chickpea and Eggplant Curry

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  • Measuring spoons
  • Cheese grater
  • Chopping knife
  • Chopping board
  • garlic press
  • Saucepan
  • lemon juicer
  • Salt and pepper grinder
  • Spatula
How to Cook Aubergine in Curry

Firstly, for a full list of ingredients for this eggplant chickpea curry, you can skip straight to the recipe by clicking the link below. But here are my easy steps on how I make it.

  1. Pan fry the aubergine in coconut oil until softened, stirring occasionally
  2. USE the above aubergine time to chop, grate and gather the rest of the ingredients
  3. Add the onions, garlic and ginger and soften
  4. Stir in the herbs and spices and cook for 1 minute
  5. Add everything else except the lime and coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes
  6. Stir in the coconut milk, sliced jalapenos and lime juice then serve with fresh spinach or rice
Aubergine Curry Cooking Tips

  • When cooking aubergine in curry, don't skip pan-frying the aubergine, otherwise, the skins will taste bitter
  • To prepare aubergine, be quick and don't cut ahead as they will discolour
  • If you prefer this as a Slimming World vegetable curry, use Fry Light instead of coconut oil and low calorie curry paste (or omit)
  • You can easily bulk it with leafy greens to make eggplant, kale and chickpea curry or spinach
  • If you don't have tikka paste for this simple curried aubergine dish, you can swap for ½ tsp or cumin, turmeric and ground coriander
  • An alternative to aubergines in a curry is diced courgettes (zucchini), but will require 3-4 minutes frying time instead.

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These aren't necessarily vegan aubergine recipes, but of course, can be adapted.

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Chickpea and Aubergine Curry Recipe (Vegan & Keto)
Recipe details
  • 4  people
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 medium Aubergines Diced
  • 1 Red onion Halved & sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced (optional)
  • 1 inch Fresh ginger Grated
  • ½ tsp Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Curry powder
  • 1 tbsp Tikka paste
  • 1 can Chickpeas (240g drained weight)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • ½ can Coconut milk (200g)
  • 1 Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp Jalapeno slices I use jarred

Pan fry the aubergines in coconut oil until softened, stirring occasional WHILE you are working on step 2.
Do all the veg prep DURING step 1 to save time.
Add the onions, ginger, salt and pepper and garlic if using, then continue fry for 2-3 minutes until softened.
Add the curry powder and fry for 1 minute.
Stir in the drained chickpeas, chopped tomatoes and tikka paste and fry over medium to moderate heat while stirring for 5 minutes.
Remove off the heat and stir in the coconut milk, jalapenos and lime juice before serving.
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  • Ves10699262 Ves10699262 on Jul 27, 2021

    I have ben trying to find Tikka past but could not find, it comes with some mixtures like tikka masala.

    Please, adivise.

  • Lisa Wilson Sparkman Lisa Wilson Sparkman on May 16, 2024

    I love chickpeas and while this recipe sounds delicious. It's not keto friendly. Chickpeas are high in carbs.