September 7, 2010

Mashed Aubergine and Green Pea Curry

Mashed Aubergine and Pea Curry

Traditional Gujarati cuisine is about simple ingredients paired with simple flavours.

This is not a traditional Gujarati dish, however. Yes, I tweaked it and I’m not even sorry.

It grew out of my love of the wonderful aubergine dish ‘oroh’, a.k.a ‘baingan bharta’.

Almost every Indian region has its own version of this recipe and if that isn’t enough evidence of its popularity, its predominance in Indian restaurants all over the world is.

If you’re looking for something hot and spicy then this is the dish for you. The chances are that you will find lots of variations of this recipe the world over and every Indian family has their own aubergine secrets.

For, these are the best kind of secrets to have, of course.

Aubergines have their own special place in so many cuisines, and there are wonderful ways to make them more interesting than you may think. While Italian Nonnas roast them for hearty pastas, Greek Yayas stew them in rich tomato stews; as Japanese Oka-samas deep fry them in light tempura batter, Indian Dadimaas grill them for smoky baingan bharta. As I type, I can taste each country, culture and variation. The differences are immense but the common similarity of deliciousness always dominates.


Aubergines love cumin

My own personal addition to the classic Indian dish baingan bharta (or oroh) is sweet, green peas which add a delicate freshness to smoky aubergine.

Note: Don’t be afraid of the garlic in this recipe. It loves you. Embrace it and enjoy it.

Mashed Aubergine and Green Pea Curry
(serves 4-6)


4 large aubergines
2 large onions, chopped
3 tomatoes, chopped
3 hot red chillies, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
¼ tsp asafoetida
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin seed powder
1 tsp coriander seed powder
300g frozen peas, defrosted
Salt to taste
A handful of chopped coriander to garnish


1. Pierce the aubergines all over with a fork. Place in the grill and grill all over until the skin has charred. Hot Tip: You could also do this on a barbecue. Allow to cool, then cut the aubergines lengthways and scoop out the flesh and chop it up. Set the flesh aside and discard the skins.

2. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the mustard seeds. When they have popped add the cumin seeds, asafoetida, garlic, chillies and onions. Cook until the onions are lightly golden.

3. Add the tomatoes and turmeric. Cook for 4-5 minutes on a medium heat, stirring constantly.

4. Add the aubergine flesh, defrosted peas, salt, coriander seed powder and cumin seed powder. Mix thoroughly and cook for a further two minutes before removing from the heat and garnishing with chopped coriander.

Serve with naan, buttered chapattis or paratha. I would.

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16 responses to “Mashed Aubergine and Green Pea Curry”

  1. Lazaro Cooks! says:

    Beautiful recipe. Love all the flavors in the dish.

  2. AshKuku says:

    Loved the prep so so very much that I could not resist dropping in & tasting the visual… WOW!!!! Yum with rotis for dinner….. Hugs )))


  3. Sharmilee! :) says:

    hmm totally delicious….perfect for rotis

  4. Ushnish Ghosh says:

    Dear sanjana
    Brinjal is my all time favorite no matter what dish and from which country. I am going to make this in a day or two. The flavor is very new for me.
    Have nice week

  5. Ragini Miranda's Kitchen says:

    Yummylicious ! I made stuffed brinjals y'day will post the recipe soon

  6. Jhonny walker says:

    Sanjana…its so apetizing..I am making it for dinner tonight. Also I know what you mean..when you say I tweaked it and I am not even sorry…my feelings so often 🙂

  7. Priya says:

    Stunning click, very tempting curry..

  8. Torviewtoronto says:

    flavourful delicious curry

  9. Tamanna says:

    i love love love peas and all curries that contain peas and when you combine it with eggplant, it looks divine!! i bet it tastes mouth watering.
    I live around many many Gujratis near me here in Toronto, next time I will show off to my neighbors with your recipe 😉

  10. Premalatha Aravindhan says:

    wow such a colourful and tempting curry,makes me hungry.

  11. notyet100 says:

    one of my fav,..looks so yum,..

  12. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    Thanks for sharing such a delicious dish and also the brief tour of eggplant yumminess from around the world. The addition of peas is a great idea for health and for taste!

  13. Sabrina Ghayour says:

    That looks absolutely delicious! YummY!

  14. Trix says:

    The colors are so beautiful that you just know looking at it that this dish is going to be incredible!!

  15. MaryMoh says:

    That looks very delicious. I have never thought of combining aubergine with green peas in curry. Would love to try. This would be so good with paratha. Thanks very much for sharing.

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