Aubergine and Chickpea Curry & Celeriac Rice

IMG_0500 (3)Serves 4

Red Peppers -1 Med/119g

Chestnut Mushrooms -140g

Baby leaf Spinach -175g

Tomato Puree, Double Concentrated -35g

1 large Raw Aubergine, cut into 2 cm cubes -370g

Celery, finely diced -25g

Oil, Olive -15ml

2 x Garlic Cloves

Coriander, Leaves, Fresh -½ Bunch/10g

Curry Paste, Tikka Massala -75g

Onions -155g

Chick Peas, Canned -1 Can (drained)/240g


Trim and finely dice the celery. Peel and finely chop onion and garlic cloves. Chop the aubergine into small (1.5cm) cubes, de-seed and chop the pepper into large chunks. Wipe and quarter the mushrooms. Open the chickpeas and drain out the water.


Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add onions and celery and stir until softened, but don’t allow to brown. Add the garlic, red pepper and aubergine and continue to cook. Once everything has softened (around 20 minutes), add 100ml of water and the tomato puree. Stir through, cover and cook on a low heat for about an hour, checking every 20 minutes or so to check nothing is sticking.

Add the mushrooms, curry sauce and chickpeas. Stir through, cover. Bring to a simmer, and cook covered for a further 20 – 30 minutes. Add the spinach leaves and stir through. Continue to cook for a further 5 minutes until the spinach is wilted.

Sprinkle with the chopped fresh coriander leaves.

I served with celeriac rice – only 25 cals a portion. I stir-fried it in a little olive oil (43 cals) so 68 calories in total…. a lot lower than white rice where I’d have once eaten which at 50g (tiny portion) would have been 168 cals!

For the celeriac rice (80 calories per serving):

Peel and chop 175g (per person) of celeriac into large 3cm chunks. Put into a food processor with a metal blade and “pulse” until the celeriac resembles large grains (larger than rice grains).

Heat 5ml of olive oil per person in a frying pan. Add the celeriac and stir fry stirring constantly for around 5 – 7 minutes until softened.

Chop and add fresh coriander before serving.

I’ve added a large spoonful of Greek yogurt – 30g = 40 calories.

This whole meal was therefore 286 calories…..

3 thoughts on “Aubergine and Chickpea Curry & Celeriac Rice

  1. I’ve just come to your blog through FutureLearn, Simone 🙂 I love aubergines and I love chickpeas (I usually cook my own to make hummus) and so this curry is really appealing – thanks! Jane

    • Hi Jane! Welcome! Lovely for you to let me know how you arrived here. Aubergines are lovely versatile vegetables….. go in anything! Hope you find other recipes that are of interest. I love getting feedback when people have tried them out – perhaps ways to improve them..??

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