26 April 2009

Tomato, Aubergine & Mushroom Curry with Cashews

Tomato, Aubergine & Mushroom Curry with Cashews

2 tsp groundnut oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 glove garlic, finely chopped
2 red chillies, finely chopped (leave the seeds in for extra heat)
3 cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 Aubergines
2 large tomatoes, chopped
500g mushrooms, halved or quartered
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 400g tin chickpeas
5 tbsp tomato & coriander balti paste (choose your favourite curry paste)
3 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp sugar
100g roasted cashew nuts, finely chopped, plus a few to scatter on top of dish
Juice of ½ lemon
1 handful fresh coriander, chopped
salt & freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 190c/375f/GM 5.

Bake your aubergines in the oven for 20 minutes, then remove them from the oven and leave them in a small plastic bag to cool. This will make them easier to peel. Once cool, peel and chop, then set aside.

Saute the onion, ginger, garlic and chilli in the oil until the onions are translucent. Add the mushrooms and cook for a few minutes, before adding the tomatoes. Follow these with the tinned tomatoes (break them down with the spoon, if they are not already chopped), the tomato puree and the sugar. Next add the aubergines, cashew nuts and chickpeas. Add the curry paste, give a last stir and simmer the curry for 20-30 minutes until the tomatoes have cooked down and the flavours have developed.

Add the lemon juice and fresh coriander and season to taste.

Serve with rice and top with cashew nuts

Serves 4-6

This curry has a really rich, delicious flavour and texture is wonderful. Smooth sauce, chunky vegetables, creamy chickpeas and crunchy cashews. Mmmmm!

Graham loves cashew nuts, so this dish got 10 out of 10 from him and of course it was even better the next day.


  1. Oh, this sounds mouthwatering, will so try one of these days!

  2. Glad you like it Pia. It is very tasty :)

  3. Mmm looks delicious. I love adding cashews to dishes like this.

  4. This is awesome! I made eggplants today, wish i saw this before!!

  5. Where's the coconut? You can't leave coconut out of something with cashews, can you? ;)

    Sounds yummy!

  6. The curry looks wonderful and baking the eggplants first must add a lot of flavor to the dish.

  7. That is a tasty looking curry! I like using nuts in dishes like this as they provide a nice change in texture to the dish.

  8. Just yum Holler. I love roasted cashews and of course, I never can resist mushrooms!

  9. You canve a curry without cashews - can't get enough of them. Sounds delish

  10. Hey Holler...that looks yumm, love all the flavors in the dish...
    I have a cashew event on in my blog, you could forward this if you like, would love to have it...here's the link

  11. Shall definitely try this out sometime soon. :)

  12. Looks absolutely delish - some of my favorite things are in there! Is Graham your honey? That is my son's name. I have always loved it but it is not that common in the U.S. I got pregnant with him while in London. It's THE BEST name, followed closely by Spencer which is my other son's name. :)

  13. Thanks Ashley :)

    I am wondering what your did with your eggplants today Soma? Something delicious no doubt :)

    You are right Davimack, coconut would have been good :)

    Hi Andrea,Yeah, they had a slightly smoky roast flavour.

    The big pieces of cashew where lovely Kevin :)

    Of course, there had to be mushrooms Lisa :)

    Thanks Beth :)

    Doh, I forgot Poornima, I actually made the dish for your event and I completely forgot. I even made a list, so I wouldn't forget! Is it too late to add the link?

    Hope you enjoy it Wendy :)

    Yeah, he is my hubby and my honey Dana, well most of the time anyway, he he! Spencer is a great name :)

  14. Eggplant and cashews in the same dish? What's not to love about that?

  15. You're not late at all...do mail it to me n include the link in the post...

  16. What a perfect meal for my veggie hubby. I love all the ingredients that you picked. Awesome!

  17. I love cashews in savoury dishes - they're not used enough!

  18. Love cashews in anything! And have to be the generous mom and let my daughter eat them! :( lol!!

  19. This sounds extremely flavorful! Lots of veggies...just the way I like it :) And cashews on top...now thats like icing on the cake ;)

  20. That looks good with those wonderful cashew nuts!
    Happy 2 yr Blog Birthday Holler!!

  21. This sounds lovely Holler. Cashews have always been one of my favourites:D

  22. Holler, you have me drooling. Thank you so much as well for your help with the blog. It took me a while to copy and paste all the links, but it's so much better than the old list, which was just getting rediculously long.

  23. I am glad you like the combination Susan, I never know if everyone else is going to love things as much as I do :)

    Thanks Poornima, I am glad you were paying attention. I have a memory like a sieve!

    Thanks Jackie :)

    Hey CC, we usually eat them too quickly for them to end up in any dishes! They are so good :)

    That is very kind indeed Arundathi!

    It was really good A & N :)

    Thanks Nic :)

    Me too Val, although I think pistachios are my absolute favourite!

    Glad it worked Sylvie will have too go and have a nosey at all your hard work now :)

  24. Ooh - my stomach's rumbling now! Off to grab a handful of cashnew nuts...

  25. Love eggplants...great combination of flavors.

  26. I love anything with cashews and this looks just heavenly!

  27. Oh, this is a hearty veggie dish...mushrooms are always filling.

  28. Mmmmm, roasted eggplant, curry, AND cashews?! I'm in heaven! You're brilliant!

  29. wow..this looks delicious...

  30. This looks wonderful! I think I'd gobble it all up before anyone else got a chance!

  31. What is ground nut oil? Love a nice spicy curry!

  32. Pass me some Alex! Mine are all gone :(

    Thanks Julianna :)

    Thank you Diann :)

    Hey Peter, also they are my favourite food.

    Thanks Astra :)

    Glad you like it Renuka. Hope you try it :)

    You know you wouldn't really Jodye, although it was very good!

    Hi Duo Dishes, I think it is a peanut oil, but I am too lazy to go downstairs to have a look!

  33. Looks and sounds great! I made once cabbage curry with coconut and cashews... it was delicious.

  34. Lush that one Holler!


  35. This curry looks so yummy and I adore aubergine!


  36. Fantastic and original looking curry. I love cashews used in dishes like this.

  37. You're killing me, Holler. This is fantastic!


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