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Spicy Eggplant and Cauliflower with Basil

Real Simple DECEMBER 2003

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes
  • Other: 10 Minutes


  • 3 cups basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste (such as Thai Kitchen)
  • 3 small or baby eggplants (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut lengthwise into wedges
  • 1/2 head cauliflower (about 1 pound), broken into florets
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn if large
  • Cucumber-Apple Slaw


Heat oven to 450° F. In a large saucepan, combine the rice, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 4 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside. Meanwhile, whisk together the garlic, ginger, oil, curry paste, the remaining salt, and 1/2 cup water. Toss with the eggplants and cauliflower, then transfer to a roasting pan, spreading into a single layer. Roast until tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chickpeas during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Remove from oven and toss with the bean sprouts and basil. Place 1 cup of rice on each of 4 plates and top with some of the vegetables. Reserve half for Coconut Rice with Winter Squash and freeze the other half for use in either Red Bean and Spinach Burritos, Lentils and Rice, or Stuffed Peppers.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 89mg
  • Calories: 537
  • Calories from fat: 0%
  • Carbohydrate: 79g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Fat: 20g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Protein: 13mg
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 1140mg

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