Coconut Red Curry with Chickpeas

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Bowl of our delicious gluten-free vegan Coconut Red Chickpea Curry

Could there possibly be too many curries in the world? I say, no.

I’ve been super into red curries lately for their spicy, smoky kick. And because chickpeas lend so beautifully to spicy sauces, they are my protein of choice here.

Shall we dig in?

Stirring ingredients for our 1-Pot Vegetable Coconut Red Chickpea Curry recipe

This curry is inspired by one I’ve been ordering from a local Thai shop in our new neighborhood. There’s nothing a little papaya salad, spring rolls, and curry won’t fix after a long day. It’s been our go-to Sunday routine as of late. (I’m not mad about it.)

This recipe is simple, requiring just 1 pot and 30 minutes to prepare!

Plus, the ingredients are simple and versatile. Don’t have eggplant? Omit or sub for mushrooms or zucchini. Don’t have bamboo shoots? Leave ’em out. Looking for more protein? Be sure to include the green peas, which provide 8 grams per cup!

Two bowls of our gluten-free plant based Chickpea Red Curry alongside ingredients to make it

I hope you guys love this curry! It’s:

Simple
Quick
Creamy
Vegetable-packed
Savory-sweet
Subtly spiced
Super satisfying
& Delicious

This would make the perfect weeknight meal when you’re craving something hearty but are short on time. It would also be great for entertaining guests as it’s sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike. Serve as is or over white or brown rice, quinoa, or my recent love – cauliflower rice.

If you give this recipe a try, let us know! We love seeing your comments, ratings, and photos tagged #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Close up shot showing our veggie-rich Vegetable Coconut Red Chickpea Curry

Coconut Red Curry with Chickpeas

A flavorful 1-pot red curry with coconut milk, bell pepper, eggplant, bamboo shoots, and chickpeas! Full of plant-based protein and fiber.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Bowl of our delicious veggie-packed Red Coconut Curry with Chickpeas
4.57 from 41 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Course Entree
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Thai-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced (~3 Tbsp as original recipe is written)
  • 2 medium shallot, minced
  • 1-2 dried red chili (optional // or 1 minced serrano pepper per 1-2 red chilies // for heat)
  • 3 Tbsp red (or green) curry paste (ensure vegan friendliness*)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 cup chopped eggplant
  • 2 14-ounce cans light coconut milk
  • 1 8-ounce can bamboo shoots (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 heaping tsp ground turmeric
  • 2-3 Tbsp coconut sugar (plus more to taste)
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (well rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup green peas (I prefer frozen // optional)
  • fresh basil or cilantro for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add coconut oil, ginger, garlic, and shallot. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until slightly softened.
  • Add dried chili (optional) and red curry paste. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute more, stirring frequently.
  • Add bell pepper and eggplant and stir to coat. Then add coconut milk, bamboo shoots, turmeric, coconut sugar, and chickpeas. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Then reduce heat to low and continue cooking (uncovered) for 10-15 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding sea salt for saltiness or coconut sugar for sweetness. For more heat, add a bit more curry paste (or a pinch of cayenne pepper).
  • Add peas (optional), stir, and cook for 5 minutes more. Then serve as is or over brown rice, white rice, or cauliflower rice. Garnish with fresh basil or cilantro (optional). Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days.

Notes

*My favorite vegan-friendly curry brands are Thai Kitchen and Thai True.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without rice, toppings, or peas.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 343 Carbohydrates: 40.2 g Protein: 12.4 g Fat: 17.6 g Saturated Fat: 10.7 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 66 mg Fiber: 9.1 g Sugar: 12.4 g

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  1. Jennifer says

    This was great. I didn’t have all the veggies called for in the recipe, but it was fantastic inspiration and guidance for currying up what I had in the fridge. For example I used cauliflower florets and sliced carrots instead of bamboo and eggplant. It was lovely, and the jar I gave away got good reviews and a request for the recipe link. A squeeze of lemon (lime might’ve been nicer, but I had none) at the end helped the flavour pop even more! Many thanks!!

  2. Rachel M says

    This was great and super easy. Subbed in some fried tofu for the chickpeas and used the veggies I had on hand instead of the ones listed, and it turned out really well! Will definitely make this again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Rachel. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  3. Kailen says

    My girlfriend and I just made this curry and absolutely loved it! She’s a vegetarian and I’m somewhat new to the idea of cooking without meat, so we’ve been trying out heaps of recipes for ideas.
    We’re kickers for spice and wanted to use whole coconut milk, so added a whole jar of curry paste and then . We used fresh ginger and basil home-grown from our garden, and substituted the eggplant for green beans. Chopped up some fresh chili and served with extra basil and chives.

    Amazing! Will definitely try more of your recipes! <3

  4. Kay says

    Loved this curry. The spice and contrasts in flavors was perfect. My husband even liked it. I don’t get that too often.

  5. Sarah says

    Haven’t tried this one yet, but I just made your Masala Chickpea Curry and from the Everyday Cookbook and it was amazing!!! I’m constantly impressed by all your recipes! Well done!

  6. Lisa says

    Is it okay to use whole coconut milk? Whenever I’ve made other curries it was better with regular instead of non-fat. Also I am planning on using maesri curry paste. Thanks in advance.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sure! It will have a more intense coconut flavor and be more creamy, but if you prefer that, go for it!

  7. B says

    Love this recipe so much! It’s so delicious. The only changes I make are, instead of eggplant, I use a mixture of baby potatoes and zucchini. :) Perfect taste!

  8. Maddy says

    Okay first of all let me say I love this recipe and it’s delicious. But I’m wondering how yours is so red? Even after 3 tablespoons of red curry paste (Thai kitchen brand), when I put the coconut milk in it turns into this pale orangey colour, even after reducing. Is there something else you’re putting in it to give it that nice red colour? Thanks in advance :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Maddy, I think we may have used the Thai True brand when we made this- so that’s likely the difference! Otherwise, it could be variation in the vibrancy of the turmeric.

    • Faith Uweh says

      This is the first recipe that I didn’t like. I had to use up my entire jar of Thai curry to get the same colour instead of a pale yellow colour and I used 1.5 cans of coconut milk instead of 2. But there’s a layer of oil overtop and I can’t figure out why that is since I followed the recipe exactly except those two modifications. I prefer the other vegan curries on this site over this one any day but it was nice to have a change.

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

        So sometime there can be an oil layer if your coconut milk was particularly fatty OR if your curry paste was particularly oily. Mind sharing what brands you used? Would love to help troubleshoot.

        • Faith says

          I used Thai kitchens red curry sauce. And I used light coconut milk from the brand be fresh since. I’ve made curry with the paste before and normally I use normal coconut with no problems

          • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

            Hmm, not sure where the oil would be coming from int hat case. I’m not familiar with that brand. Did it appear oily when you opened it?

  9. Mari says

    Yum! My omni partner and vegan self both love this recipe! The first time I cooked it, I found that the eggplant was not as thoroughly cooked as I prefer, so I added it a few steps earlier in the recipe and and sautéed it with the shallot, garlic, and ginger. It absorbed a lot more flavor, and came out perfect!
    Thanks for sharing so many amazing curry ideas!

  10. Isaac says

    This recipes is outstanding. The peas are a great addition, and adding a little soy sauce and lime when serving brings the flavors up another notch. I do have one issue with this recipe (and all the recipes on the site): every recipe includes calorie information. I know this is valuable for some people, but as someone recovering from an eating disorder, it would be wonderful to have the calories be an optional thing to see. Maybe display the protein etc. per serving and have the calories in a drop-down menu?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing! As far as nutrition information it’s been something we’ve always shared. But thanks for the feedback. It’s a change we may consider!

  11. Michelle Bridgeman says

    Made this recipe last night and it was incredible!! The flavors are amazing, and it’s so easy to make. Well done!!!

  12. Kay says

    Excellent flavor, easy and quick! I was surprised at howc the eggplant worked. Very adaptable, too — added spinach and cubed butternut squash the 2nd time and served over quinoa with plain yogurt. Yum!

  13. Z says

    This was delicious! I used zucchini instead of eggplant and served it with cauliflower rice. I didn’t add any sugar because I don’t have a sweet tooth. I added some tamari because I have an umami tooth! It was filling and rich, yet light at the same time.

  14. Kathryn says

    I will definitely be making this again. I made it tonight for my family and it was a hit. I didn’t use the bamboo shoots or peas, but added spinach at the end. I sweated the eggplant and it was perfect. Such a cozy meal, perfect for a chilly night. Thank you!

  15. Erica says

    I have just managed to use up 2.5kg of soaked chickpeas in one night! This recipe was just what I was looking for after I’d made falafel and hommus. This is rich, spicy and feels so healthy when eating it! I’m so happy I tried this version of a chickpea curry for my first go at a vegan curry! The only substitute I did was spinach instead of the green beans and I added a small diced sweet potato. The egg plant was wonderful too, I was a little skeptical at first. Thanks Dana, I look forward to trying more of Minimalist Baker recipes soon! ?
    Kind Regards,
    Erica

  16. Alli says

    I made this but changed quite a lot as I love curries … It turned out wonderfully though. I replaced the onion with 150g celery. I only used 200ml coconut milk, but I added 500 ml vegetable stock. I left out the sugar, the oil, the bamboo and the tumeric; I added 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds – spluttered in and added 1 tablespoon coriander powder. Yeah, so same same but different. Turned out to be SUPER DELISH and a new fave. I am going to add roasted pumpkin next time for a kick, I feel it would have gone well with the flavours. I made this with the left over eggplant from the Moroccan lentil stuffed eggplant and the two dishes contrast really nicely.

  17. Melissa says

    I had a garden full of eggplant, love curry, and can usually pull off nearly any recipe by Minimalist Baker. This was yet another super easy and delicious no-brainer. Fantastic, yum, and thanks! I just used what I had, which was half a red onion, two cups of cups eggplant and no bamboo, and a can of regular coconut milk plus one can water, and white sugar.

  18. Sacia Ashe says

    This was really good! I added 1 and 1/3 cup of peas as well as 3 cups of spinach for 2 servings and also threw in some cumin and garam masala. It was a bit too sweet even after I reduced the sugar by 2/3s, but still totally yummy!

  19. Natasha Moore says

    Great recipe! I did add 1 chopped carrot. Next time I’ll omit the eggplant (I only like eggplant fried and pureed apparently LOL) and half the amount of coconut milk so the dish is thicker! Gratitude ?

  20. Amanda says

    I was not even feeling like eating curry but somehow got pulled into the recipe and now its a lovely pot of bubbling spicy coconut-ty goodness. Did make a very unique adjustment – because I had coconut oil but no coconut milk (we don’t really use it) – I added what I could of the oil. Then, to get the creaminess, I blended oats into a powder, made into a paste with water and stirred it in. It adds some rich thickness that would have came from the milk, without the extra fat. That said, there’s plenty of good fats in the dish I’ve made, to go round. Thanks for the idea for dinner!

  21. Amy says

    This is fabulous!!! I used one can of coconut milk because I wasn’t paying attention. Had no eggplant, but lots of mushrooms took its place. I also added a few small potatoes (the guys in the house will eat it if there are potatoes in it). I am honestly not a huge potato fan at all…but the potatoes in this were phenomenal. Over rice the spice level was perfection. Can’t wait to make this for the rest of my family! BTW, I have to compliment you on your site…everything I have made from your site has been so delicious and deeply appeals to my practical nature. I feel like I actually CAN go vegan when I use your recipes…what I adore is that no one in the family knows its vegan except me! :-)

  22. Kelly Burton says

    This is so good. I love it and will make it again. I subbed potatoes for the eggplant, since I didn’t have any. Otherwise, I followed your recipe to the T! You are awesome.

  23. Hannah Stephings says

    Absolutely delicious, quick and easy to follow recipe! I also added some frozen leaf spinach and it added lovely colour, and of course extra nutrients.

  24. Marissa Wall says

    I made this with the homemade curry paste too, and added tofu instead of chickpeas, and it turned out yellow?! great recipe but i can’t stand all the advertisements on this site :(

  25. Susan says

    This was great! I only used one can of coconut milk and I’m not vegan so I added fish sauce for flavor. I also added two tomatoes and only 1 tbsp of sugar. It wasn’t spicy at all so I added red chili flakes as well. I’m eating it with quinoa and my bf will eat it with a side of spinach because he’s doing low carb. Thanks so much for this great recipe!

  26. tara says

    what a great recipe. so tasty and creamy and delicious. I used just 3 tablespoons of coconut sugar and found it perfect. Thanks so much for sharing.

  27. Scrappy Doo says

    Did anybody have problems with the eggplant? I always sweat my eggplant with salt on both sides to extract the bitterness, however the recipe doesn’t say to do this. The eggplant in my curry was a bit tough. I am wondering if sweating them is not necessary.

  28. Kayla says

    I made this last night and I was really excited because I’ve made recipes from your site before and they usually are pretty spot-on. I will say that I thought the bamboo-shoots overpowered the recipe. Maybe it was the brand I bought (I did rinse/drain them), but it put off a bad smell and taste that I assumed would cook out in the recipe (but unfortunately it didn’t). I think also it’s important to only stick to veggies you like because this made a lot of food and cost a decent amount for ingredients and I won’t be eating the rest. So basically my advice to those wanting to make this is to stick to vegetables you really like and skip ones your not sure of since this recipe makes a lot. I still love your site just wanted to help out the next person.

  29. Rose says

    Just made this for dinner and the flavour balance is on point! Love it! Spicy, sweet creamy … and loaded with veggies! It’s heaven!
    Added spinach and snow peas to the mix :)
    Thanks for another fabulous recipe Minimalist Baker!

  30. Cricket says

    Just FYI, when you use mushrooms INSTEAD of eggplant, you do not sub the eggplant “for” mushrooms. That’s backward. You either sub the eggplant WITH mushrooms or you sub the mushrooms FOR the eggplant.

    If you’re using the expression “substitute FOR,” the ingredients should be in the same order as if you said “instead of.” So in this recipe — no eggplants? Using mushrooms INSTEAD of eggplant? Sub mushrooms FOR eggplant.

    I don’t know why so many people get this wrong. It’s common sense.

  31. Geraldine says

    This is delicious and easy – but red curry is a Thai dish, not Indian. Even the names of your favourite curry pastes identify that

  32. Amanda says

    Thanks so much for this delicious and easy recipe! For my first time making curry, this one was a home run and I can’t wait to make it again!

    I used thinly sliced seitan in the recipe as well and highly recommend it.

    Do you have any recipes for panang curry?

  33. Lynne says

    This recipe was an amazing inspiration! I detest ginger so I started off sautéing onion and garlic and then added Penzey’s The Now Curry powder and then vegan red curry paste. Added coconut milk and maple sugar because I don’t have coconut sugar. Then I added chickpeas, green peas, a diced potato and some raw cashews. Also baked some tofu with coconut oil and the same curry powder until it was crispy. Served over quinoa and mixed it all together. It was amazing and there’s enough for leftovers!

  34. Jasmine says

    Topping this with basil really made all the flavours in this recipe pop. This recipe was so easy and delicious. I recommend it! :)

  35. Eloise says

    Oh this is a winner! Loved the added turmeric. This has such a great base start , I played around a bit and possibilities are endless . I used 3 T chili paste ( as stated), and one jalepeno, no bamboo shoots , but used twice as much eggplant , added handful of mushrooms, about -one cup of winter squash ( leftover), and the next night a small cooked and cut up sweet potato to the left overs. My daughter wanted recipe and we just couldn’t stop commenting about this one. Thank you , Thank you!!

  36. Elise says

    I liked a lot of things about this recipe. The bamboo shoots, chickpeas and peas all tasted amazing together. But I found it to be missing that umami that Thai curries are known for. Of course, most of the time that’s from a fish-based paste (fish sauce or shrimp paste) but I added some soy sauce after I was finished cooking because it needed that oomph. I’d recommend adding soy sauce to the recipe. In addition, I ended up adding about an extra 1 tbsp of curry paste. I also felt that the amount of sugar and coconut milk were too sweet. Next time I would probably decrease the amount of coconut milk and replace it with salty vegetable broth, and start with a few tsps of sugar at a time.

  37. Edwina the Induction Cook says

    I love Thai curries with coconut milk. I usually don’t eat them at home but I think I can attempt this recipe! I’m going to try. I like the fact it only takes 30 minutes. It looks absolutely delicious.

  38. Danna says

    Love this recipe, make it all the time when I have last minute guests for dinner and want something easy and flavorful. Hard to find bamboo where I live so I’ve been using chestnuts instead and love them in this dish. Thanks for another great recipe Dana!

  39. Amanjit says

    I normally make a quick Thai curry with paste, veggies and coconut milk. That’s it. It tastes fine, but not spectacular.

    So a few days ago, I decided to try this recipe. It requires a bit more love and attention than my usual method, which is a challenge with my demanding toddler. But it was so worth it – the extra garlic and ginger really lifted the flavour, so it tasted like the nice curries you get at restaurants, not the ‘meh’ curry I normally dish up.

    This recipe will become a staple in my household.

    PS. I don’t care for bamboo shoots, so I left them out and used a whole eggplant instead. And I used normal raw sugar instead of coconut sugar. Coz budget. :D

  40. Monica says

    Just made this, added peas, cauliflower and firm tofu,one of the best curries I have ever made! I have gone to 3 classes on how to cook curry and they didn’t compare to this!!!

  41. Denine says

    Dana, it´s delicious. I just made it for dinner tonight and my husband loved it!! 5 Stars. Related to the comment above about the coconut sugar, we didn´t have any here in Barcelona either, so I just added a carrot to the sauté to sweeten the pot. Thanks again. Love your recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lynn! I think other sugars would work fine, but you might want to use a little less as coconut sugar is not as sweet as cane sugar!

  42. Poppy says

    wow, this was SPICY!! and SO good! for some reason mine didn’t look as appealing as yours, but stil really tasty (loved it with brown rice)

  43. Sonia says

    Hi Dana,
    This looks wonderful! I was wondering if I could sub maple syrup for the coconut sugar. Can’t wait to try this!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sonia! I’m not so sure that would work but if you give it a try, let us know hot it turns out!

  44. Lori says

    Hi Dana,

    What is the best healthy/ tasting alternative for coconut as sadly I’m allergic to coconut and nuts. Would soya milk and a standard sweetner work?

    Thanks :)

  45. Laurie says

    I made this tonight and it was delicious! I had more than 3 tbsp left of curry paste in my jar so I added it all in. I also forgot bamboo shoots. But overall this was excellent. My husband and I can handle more spice than most so I added a whole Serrano pepper and sriracha afterwards. I think next time I might add mushrooms (or sub mushrooms for eggplant) because I think they would taste delicious in this. I love all of your recipes. I made your vegan beer chili while camping this past weekend and it was a hit! Thank you so much for all that you do!

  46. Melanie says

    I’m so glad I found this recipe. I’m feeling like something healthy but still delicious on this cold wet Wednesday. Can’t wait to try it tonight!

  47. Jamie Lee says

    I just made this curry tonight and it turned out really well! Opted for zucchini instead of eggplant, which was just as easy, quick and delicious. It was sort of spicy (due to the kind of curry paste I used) but still well balanced with coconut milk and sugar. As a side we decided for home made naan bread wich was the perfect addition to the dish.
    Happy to make it again!

  48. Federica says

    Really tasty but really spicy! (and I did decrease the amount of the curry by 1 tbsp). I used mushrooms instead of eggplant and loved the dish a lot. Instead of serving it with rice, I made idli: delish! Leftovers are even better!

  49. Chantal says

    Hello Dana
    Just tried the coconut red curry with chick peas. I couldn’t find the recommended brand of curry paste so I bought and used Maesri. I was just wondering if there might be a mistake with the recipe having 3 tbsp of curry paste? While I thought it was delicious, my mom thought it was way too spicy. Is the recipe with your Thai Kitchen or Thai True spicy hot?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      I can’t specifically remember which one I used for that recipe, I tend to bounce between the two and don’t prefer one over the other! We like things SPICY in our house but obviously that’s a personal preference so feel free to cut back on the curry paste if it was too much for you!

  50. Jess says

    Hi Dana! I was out of eggplant and peppers so I roasted a diced sweet potato with olive oil and a little salt free seasoning. I did what was suggested and tasted and added red pepper and more curry paste since I tend to like things really spicy. It was SO delicious!!!!! I tagged a pic on my Instagram @jessgoines8609. It really was one pot and super fast and easy to make! Highly recommend to anyone who loves curry!

  51. Kris says

    Was very excited to try this recipe. It was quick and easy, but we found it very bland even after adding an extra Tbsp red curry paste and we did mince and used a Serrano pepper. Go to India.

  52. Michel says

    Very good and somewhat unique. I will modify to my picky taste but definitely a keeper. Merci beaucoup!!
    Second Dana recipe I try. I appreciate both!

  53. Kim says

    Wondering if you have a suggestion for replacing the coconut milk with another milk that has less saturated fat in it? Even the light coconut milk has to much saturated fat for my diet:(

    • Doris says

      Hi, Kim. I have the same issue, and usually substitute plant milk (eg soy, almond) mixed with a little coconut extract, if that helps . . .

  54. Anisha says

    Hi Dana , If you really want to make an authentic mixed vegetable Indian Curry that is a medley of vegetables and lentils , while combining all your flavors through wholesome ingredients , please try making a Sambhar.
    You’ll have to find a few ingredients at your local Indian store , but it is so worth it.
    TO start with I think instead of trying to make the spice mix yourself , there is a great brand that makes it beautifully. MTR Masala, you ll have to get tamarind paste and jaggery or you could sub with any other sweetner.
    The instructions on the pack are really simple and you will absolutely love the end result. If i could put links down here , i would. But honestly just try to source the MTR Sambhar Masala and the recipe is super easy to execute. Cheers !

  55. Redoq says

    Ohh lovely.. U can also try college Grill , Stoke On Trent.. I think they offer the best takeaway food in Stoke. The most important part is u can order online also.

  56. My Moor says

    This looks good. Can’t wait to try this recipe. May I ask what brand Red curry you use. Thank you for info.

    For low carb, I substitute Cauliflower for rice. Florets, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, little salt and pepper. No water. Cover, microwave to 6 min. I just use
    potato masher !

  57. Sean says

    Hey Dana! Instead of using (and buying!) 2 cans of light coconut milk, I suggest buying 1 can of full fat coconut milk, and then using 1/2 coconut milk – 1/2 water mix!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Great idea! Although sometimes I find the flavor of full fat or coconut cream to be more pungent than light so I still prefer it!

  58. Ruth says

    The recipe came to my inbox this afternoon so we had it for supper tonight. We don’t care for eggplant so I used zucchini. And I had no bamboo shoots so I used fresh mushrooms and cooked them with the peppers. I added the peas, fresh basil and a little cayenne pepper. It was absolutely delicious and we are looking forward to left overs tomorrow! The small amount of sugar made the spices stand out. It is a fast, tasty recipe I will use again for weeknight suppers.

      • Sharine says

        Hi, Annette! This comment is not to disparage Dana or anyone else, but to support you in your concern. I rarely, if ever, use of any type of sugar or any other processed and/or artificial sweeteners because of health reasons. A Nutrarian option (as per Dr. Joel Fuhrman) that works well for me and my husband is to use plain applesauce, or to add diced apple or pear to recipes. In curry dishes, I frequently use dried, chopped fruit such as apricots, raisins, and cranberries, which I either rehydrate in water in advance or soften the fruit while cooking, adding a tiny bit more liquid to the dish. I hope this tip is helpful!

  59. Heidi says

    Dana,
    I have to say your website is my absolute
    favorite with so many delicious recipes.You rule! I cant wait to make this one as I too have discovered a love of red curry,its very addicting.Then to add fresh basil on top,oh my.Thanks greatly for sharing ?

  60. Michelle says

    Hello!
    Just wondering if all of your Minimalist Baker recipes are able to be divided if I only wanted like half, quarter etc of the recipe serving? And also, I know that this is such an old recipe but for your simple blackberry cobbler recipe, is there a substitute for the cast iron pan? Maybe a glass baking dish or…?
    Thank you so much! And this recipe looks amazing!

  61. Brenda says

    Hi Dana, this looks so good! I noticed you didn’t mention salting the eggplant and letting it sit before cooking. How is the texture of the eggplant without that step? Thanks for sharing!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It’s fine! I didn’t notice a difference. But that’s certainly a step you can add to improve the texture/flavor even more!

  62. Rose says

    Hey Dana, thanks for this recipe! I just made it and it took 30 minutes start to finish as you said and it’s lovely. I didn’t have eggplant, so I used one of my favourite curry ingredients – potatoes! Just before adding the peas, I took out about a cup of the potato/chick peas and mashed them up, then added them back in for a thicker consistency. I also used a “bundle” of cilantro…when I buy a bunch, after stripping the leaves, I bundle bunches of the stems and tie them with twine, put them in a bag and pop into the freezer. Then, when I just want to add flavour, I take out a bundle and add it to whatever I’m making. Just make sure you tie them up tightly because once the get warm, they wilt and compress. Take them out of the pot in one bunch whenever they’ve given up their goodness. Thanks again!

  63. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden says

    Yup. Agreed. Love the eggplant and red pepper in here too! But can’t say I’ve tried curry too often. However, my husband is not the biggest eggplant fan so it takes some convincing to get him to go for it. Was just reading in the paper that 15-18 vegans can eat using the same amount of land it takes one person to eat the standard American diet!!!!! WOW.

  64. Janine says

    Hi Dana, this sounds like a really easy recipe. I love to use coconut sugar since a few months as well instead of other sugar. My hubby loves eggplants. I need to make it without Curry paste because my hubby has a citric acid allergy. xoxo Janine