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Indian-Spiced Eggplant & Cauliflower Stew

September/October 2007, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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Eggplant, cauliflower, chickpeas and tomatoes are the basis for this rich Indian-spiced curry. Make it a meal: Serve with brown basmati rice or whole-wheat couscous.



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Indian-Spiced Eggplant & Cauliflower Stew Recipe

Makes: 6 servings, about 1 1/3 cups each

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder, preferably hot Madras (see Note)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala, (see Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1-pound eggplant, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt, (optional)

Preparation

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add curry powder, garam masala and mustard seeds and toast, stirring, until the spices begin to darken, about 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl.
  2. Add oil, onion, garlic, ginger and salt to the pot and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in eggplant, cauliflower, tomatoes, chickpeas, water and the reserved spices. Bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Top each serving with a dollop of yogurt, if desired.

Tips & Notes

  • Note: Hot Madras curry powder, located in the spice aisle of most supermarkets, adds a pleasant level of heat. Substitute regular curry powder for a milder flavor.
  • Tip: Garam masala is a flavorful, fragrant blend of dry-roasted ground spices. It's in the spice section of most supermarkets and specialty stores.

Nutrition

Per serving: 198 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 31 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 8 g fiber; 605 mg sodium; 358 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (60% daily value), Folate (22% dv), Iron (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 very lean meat, 1 fat


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