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Vegan eggplant curry topped with sesame seeds

Eggplant Masala Over Rice

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Eggplant masala is a super flavorful roasted eggplant curry. One could say that it's a vegan tikka masala, where you replace the chicken with eggplant. Served over rice, this meal is entirely gluten-free.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Eloïse Jennes


  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds or replace fennel, cumin and garam masala with 2-3 teaspoons red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 400 g, 16 oz
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • cup (125 g) rice chose rice with a cooking time of 10 minutes


  • Wash the eggplants. Cut them lengthwise in 4 and then into dices. The dices should be relatively small to cook more quickly (see step-by-step pictures in post above).
  • Mince the onion and the garlic.
  • Bring water to a boil. Cook the rice according to the instruction on the package.
  • Heat a lidded pan or skillet with oil. When hot, fry the cumin and fennel seeds for 1 minute without burning them. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent (about 3 minutes).
  • Add the eggplant and a generous pinch of salt. Stir to coat the eggplants in oil. Cover with a lid and let steam for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, sugar and garam masala (or red curry paste). Fill the empty can with water and add it to the pan. Cover with a lid again and let cook 15 minutes. Give it a stir halfway through.
  • Serve the cooked eggplants with rice and top with sesame seeds if desired.


  1. If you don't have the required spices at home already, you can use 2-3 teaspoons of red curry paste instead. The flavors will be different but the taste will be just as incredible (we tested it)!
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