Jamie Oliver’s Eggplant & Tomato Curry

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Total Time

45 mins

Just a handful of ingredients is all it takes to rustle up the most beautiful vegetable curry. All you need is a good, firm eggplant, super-ripe tomatoes, crunchy pistachios, curry paste and some fresh coriander. It’s delicious on its own with rice or pappadums, but I also love to serve it with a bit of roast chicken or fish. Happy days – what a dish!


  • 1 large eggplant (300g)
  • optional: 1 lemon
  • 2 big handfuls of mixed ripe tomatoes (600g)
  • 1 handful of shelled pistachios (30g)
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro (30g)
  • olive oil
  •  2 heaped teaspoons Patak’s Madras curry paste


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.
  2. Cut off and discard the eggplant stalk, then slice lengthways in half. Score a criss-cross pattern in the flesh of each half with a sharp knife. Halve the lemon (if using) and rub it over the eggplant flesh – this will stop it discolouring.
  3. Pour ½ a wine glass of water into a lidded pan on a medium-low heat. Put the eggplant into the pan, skin-side down, and pop the lid on. Leave to steam for about 8 minutes, or until the pan is almost dry and the eggplant is starting to open up.
  4. Chop your tomatoes, halving or quartering the larger ones and leaving any small ones whole.
  5. Pound the pistachios to a powder with a pestle and mortar to make a nutty crumb, leaving a few bigger chunks for texture. Chop the cilantro stalks, reserving the leaves for later.
  6. When the eggplant water has almost disappeared, add a little oil to the pan and push the eggplant flat with a spatula to crisp up the skin.
  7. Add the curry paste to one side of the pan, fry it off a little, then add the cilantro stalks and tomatoes, gently turning to coat in the paste.
  8. Turn the eggplant halves over and give the pan a little shake. Scatter over the pistachios, then transfer to the oven, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until bubbling and golden. Serve scattered with the reserved cilantro leaves.


Recipe © Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited. Photography © Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited, by Ella Miller.

Nutrition 150 kcals, 7.4g fat (1g saturated), 5.4g protein, 15.9g carbs, 14.5g sugar, 1.1g salt, 4.6g fibre.