Courgette and Aubergine Curry

9th January 2015
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe

Happy Friday girls! To kick things off to a healthy start here is a yummy recipe courtesy of Hemsley and Hemsley. It’s the perfect thing for snuggling up with on a  cold January night with. Enjoy!

Courgette and Aubergine Curry



A simple one-pot supper that is warming for the soul. Red split lentils provide a quick-and-easy creamy base without the need to soak them. The coconut and ginger have incredible immune-boosting properties and, as usual, we like to sneak nourishing homemade broth into all our cooking. With this fragrant curry, the bone broth is purely for the nutritional value, so you can afford to skip it if you don’t have any to hand (but please don’t be tempted to use stock cubes).

Try this curry with Toasted Coconut Green Beans, Cauliflower Rice or Broccoli Rice, or serve with a pile of watercress on top or add in lots of finely shredded cabbage towards the end of the cooking time.

200 g bar of creamed coconut (use the oil for frying) or 2 tins of full-fat coconut milk plus 2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee, for frying

2 large onions, diced

2 thumb-sized pieces of fresh root ginger (about 80 g) – unpeeled if organic – grated

6 large garlic cloves, diced

200 g red split lentils, rinsed (no need to soak these)

½−1 litre bone broth or water (use a little less if you are using coconut milk and depending on how thick or saucy you want your curry to be)

1 large aubergine, chopped into 1.5 cm pieces

4 large tomatoes, quartered

2 large courgettes, diced grated zest and juice of

1 unwaxed lime or lemon

(avoid the bitter white pith)

2½–3 tsp tamari or 2 large pinches of sea salt

1 tsp maple syrup a handful of roughly chopped fresh herbs, such as coriander, mint or basil (Thai basil if you can get it)

Step 1

In a large wide pan, dry fry the peanuts or cashews

for a few minutes to toast them, roughly chop and then

set aside.

Step 2

In the same pan, heat the coconut oil over a

medium heat and fry the onion, ginger and garlic for

10 minutes until soft (don’t let the onion and garlic

go brown).

Step 3

Add the lentils, the roughly chopped coconut solids

or coconut milk, and then most of the bone broth or

water (a bit less if you’re using the coconut milk) and

stir well.This should be enough liquid for the coconut

solids to dissolve, but keep an eye on the liquid levels

so that the lentils don’t stick and burn at the bottom.

Step 4

After 6 minutes of cooking over a medium-high

heat, add the aubergine and stir.

Step 5

After a further 10 minutes, add the tomato,

courgette, lime or lemon zest and the tamari or salt.

Add more bone broth or water if you think your curry

needs it.

Step 6

After 6 minutes, turn off the heat and add the lime or

lemon juice, the maple syrup and fresh herbs, then stir

and taste.You might need a little more tamari or salt or

lime or lemon juice to add sourness.

Step 7

Top with the nuts and serve with watercress or your

chosen side dish. If we’re having guests round,we

like to serve our curry with some little bowls of extras

(nuts, herbs, lemon or lime wedges and a bowl of

tamari or sea salt) so everyone can help themselves to

extra toppings.

a handful of peanuts or cashew nuts (preferably ‘crispy’ activated)

Extracted from The Art of Eating Well by Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley. Published by Ebury Press, £25

Photography by Nick Hopper

x x x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *