Friday, February 26, 2010

Easiest Indian Stew

This is a new favorite at our house. I ventured out and made something "Indian-ish". I'm not overly crazy about Indian food in general, so I was curious about this dish and if I would even like it. I loved it. And what's best, besides the fact that it's healthy - it's so stinkin' easy! It keeps well, and while most things are best the first go-around - this is one of those dishes that is even better on day 2 because the flavors have really had a chance to mingle!

Easiest Indian Stew

Serves 6
Active time: 10
Cook Time: 25 (if your grain is already made) to 40 min (if you have to cook the brown rice)
Total time: 35 to 40 min
Serving Suggestions:  Steamed broccoli or a salad with some naan or whole wheat tortillas.

What you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cup dry brown rice OR enough quinoa or millet to yield 3-4 cups
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 TBLS olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 5 cups cubed eggplant (optional but HIGHLY recommended! It takes the dish to "amazing")
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 TBLS your favorite curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 2, 8oz cans tomato sauce OR 1 14oz can
  • 2 14oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 TBLS lime juice
  • Plain yogurt OR sour cream for garnish (optional)

What you'll do:

  • Cook your rice or grain.
  • Meanwhile, chop and mince.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet or medium saucepan.
  • Saute onion and eggplant in skillet or saucepan until eggplant is tender and onion is translucent, about 15 minutes.  Add garlic and saute another 3 minutes.
  • Add the curry and ginger and stir for 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chickpeas.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the lime juice.
  • Serve over a good spoonful of the grain and top with yogurt if desired.


  1. Looks yummy, Sarah (and I'm sold on how easy it looks)! I'll make it this week, thanks. I was just browsing your blog (I don't check my blog list regularly) because a friend's looking to cook few meat-free dinners a week and wanted ideas. I shared your blog with her cause I love it. :)

  2. oh great! pass the love around! happy new year!