Aubergine and Pea Curry with Coriander Rice

This is a Gujarati curry known as Ringan Mattar. It is easy to prepare and only takes about 45 minutes from start to finish. You can play around with the recipe by replacing the aubergines with potatoes, or adding pan-fried paneer (an Indian cheese) just before serving.

Aubergine & Pea Curry
For 4 servings

1 large aubergine, cut into pieces
250g frozen peas
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 clove of garlic, chopped

1 tsp each of ground ginger, turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, chopped red chillies (or chilli flakes)
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
4 tbp cooking oil
1 tsp salt
140ml hot water
fresh coriander 

Heat the oil in a heavy based pan and add the mustard seeds. When they pop and turn grey, add the tomatoes, water and the rest of the spices.
Let it simmer gently for 5-6 minutes, then add the aubergines and mix well. Cover the pan and cook on a low heat for 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently. If it starts to stick add a little more hot water. Add the peas and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Garnish with chopped coriander and serve with plain basmatti rice, naan bread or the Coriander Rice – recipe below.

Coriander Rice
Serves 4 

1 mug of basmati rice, cooked and left to cool
Handful of chopped fresh coriander 
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 clove of garlic, chopped
3 tbs oil
2 tsp salt

Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the cumin seeds and fry until brown.
Add the garlic and onions and fry gently for 5 minutes, then add the coriander and fry for a further minute.
Add the cooked rice and mix gently.
Cover the pan and leave on a low heat for 5 minutes.
Serve with plain yogurt.

Both recipes come from Hansa’s Indian Vegetarian Cookbook. Hansa has a vegetarian restaurant in Leeds, which I’m ashamed to say I haven’t visited. I must put that right immediately!

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2 comments

  1. Loved this dish….I did it last week for my neighbours, both the curry and the coriander rice, we followed it with a game of canasta, the meal was great, they went home very happy, both enjoying the meal and beating me at cards.

    1. Hi Colin I’m happy to hear that the curry went down well. I wouldn’t have been able to offer any advice about canasta, as I’m pretty rubbish at card games. I don’t play often enough to remember the rules.

      Sent from my iPad

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