Get the family to eat more vegetables with help from this delicious recipe from The Vegetarian Society. Tender baby aubergines are baked and served in a rich lentil and chickpea curry sauce, topped with a spoonful of refreshing yogurt it is best served with some wild and basmati rice, which gives a nice contrast of flavours and textures and, is sure to liven up that weekend 'fake-away'.



  • 2tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2tsp curry powder
  • 2tsp ground turmeric
  • 2tsp ground cumin
  • 1tbsp garlic paste
  • 1tbsp ginger paste
  • 2tbsp tomato puree
  • 3 dried curry leaves toasted
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 450ml vegetable stock, made with 1 low-sodium vegetable stock cube
  • 100g dried red lentils
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 100kg frozen peas defrosted


  • 600g baby aubergines
  • 1tsp medium curry powder
  • 2tsp olive oil


  • 320g white and wild basmati rice, dry weight - we like the Tilda mixed pack)
  • 15g fresh coriander leaves
  • 100g vegan yogurt


  • STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 7.

  • STEP 2

    To make the curry: In a large saucepan, heat 2 tsp oil and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes, until softened and golden. Sprinkle over the curry powder, turmeric, cumin, garlic, ginger and tomato puree. Fry for a minute. Scatter over the curry leaves, then pour in the chopped tomatoes and stock.

  • STEP 3

    Stir in the lentils, then cover the pan and simmer gently for 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat then process with a hand blender until it forms a smooth curry sauce.

  • STEP 4

    Add the chickpeas and peas to the curry sauce. Simmer with the lid off for 2-3 minutes, until piping hot.

  • STEP 5

    To prepare the baby aubergines: Trim the baby aubergines, then cut them in half lengthways. Place them face up on a baking tray. Mix the curry powder with the oil and brush over it the aubergines. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the aubergines are tender.

  • STEP 6

    To cook the rice: Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the rice, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Drain, then return the rice to the pan and fluff-up with a fork.

  • STEP 7

    To finish the curry: Take the pan off the heat and gently stir in the roasted baby aubergines.

  • STEP 8

    Serve the rice in bowls with the curry alongside, garnished with coriander leaves and a spoonful of yogurt.

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