Eggplant & Sweet Potato CurryServes 4
This is a great do-ahead dish as it tastes even better after reheating. To convert it into a meat meal, reduce the volume of vegetables and add 600g of diced cooked chicken thigh fillets during the simmering time.
Author: Julie Goodwin
Copyright © 2012 OzHarvest
The OzHarvest Cookbook
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 red onion, cut into wedges
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 3 tablespoons (1/4 cup) Thai red curry paste
- 1/2 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2cm dice (about 2 cups)
- 1 eggplant, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes (about 4 cups)
- 400g tin crushed tomatoes
- 400ml tin coconut cream
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 small handful Thai basil leaves
- jasmine rice, to serve
Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat and and stir-fry the onion and garlic until softened. Add the curry paste and stir-fry for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the sweet potato and eggplant and toss to coat in the curry paste. Add the tomatoes, coconut cream, brown sugar and salt. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a high simmer.
Cook, stirring occaisionally, until the sweet potato is tender and all the vegetables have cooked through. Taste and add more salt or sugar if needed. Remove from the heat, stir in the basil leaves and serve with jasmine rice.
Ugly Fruits and Veggies
It’s estimated that 20-40% of produce is wasted before it gets to the shops, often due to retailer and consumer cosmetic standards. Remember that produce that looks a little different still tastes as great. Shop at local markets where there may be produce that is a little different but still delicious!
Australian households waste around 20% of the food they purchase. Visit the Foodwise website (www.foodwise.com.au) to get some handy tips and information to help you eat more sustainably.
Eggplants taste great and can be cooked in many different ways, including baked, stuffed or even mashed into a dip.
Buy in Season
By purchasing produce when it’s in season, your food will have been grown closer to home, so it’ll be fresher, last longer and have the added benefit of less transport emissions getting to your door.
Grow your Own
Growing your own vegetables is a great way to save money. You’ll reduce your emissions by eliminating your food miles and your vegetables will be in season.