South Indian Eggplant (Aubergine) Curry

Recipe by Ms B.




  • In a cast iron or other heavy skillet, roast coconut powder, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and cumin seeds over low heat until light brown.
  • Remove from pan to stop the cooking and cool.
  • Put this coconut mixture in a food processor and process until it’s grainy, reserve in a dish.
  • Grind the roasted channa dal in a spice grinder until it is a fine powder and add to the coconut mixture.
  • In a food processor, process the peanuts until they are coarsely ground.
  • Wash and stem the eggplants.
  • Cut each eggplant 2/3 into the wide end up to the stem – making an “X” – leave the stem end intact.
  • Heat 1/4 cup oil in a skillet and cook the eggplants on low until soft.
  • In a separate pan, heat the 2 tablespoons of oil to medium hot.
  • Add the 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds and 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds to the hot oil.
  • In a matter of seconds they will begin to pop – add the onions and stir.
  • When the onions are beginning to brown, add the ginger garlic paste and the turmeric, cumin, coriander powder, chili powder and salt.
  • Stir the spices into the onion then add the tomatoes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes then add the coconut mixture along with the peanuts.
  • Add the eggplants and 1 cup of the water.
  • Stir and cook over low heat, covered for about 20 minutes.
  • Add water a little at a time to maintain a nice smooth consistency.
  • Add garam masala and 2 1/2 tablespoons of the chopped fresh coriander – stir.
  • Check to see that it is salted to your taste.
  • Put in a serving dish and garnish with the remaining chopped coriander.