Ruchikala (The Art of Taste)

Indian Fusion Cuisine in Portland and Tucson

August Food Swap! Curry Paste Recipes!

August Food Swap Notes:  
A quick and easy bhaingan bharta using Ruchikala’s all purpose curry paste.


Thanks for swapping by!  I hope you guys enjoy this curry paste. Bhaingan bharta is a spicy north Indian eggplant curry with sweet summer peas.  It is traditionally served with Rotis, naan and rice but is fantastic with quinoa or applied generously to your favorite sandwiches or tossed with pasta for some summery Italian fusion.


1 large or 2 medium eggplants
1 jalapeno (optional)
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 cup of frozen peas
⅓ cup of coconut milk/heavy cream (optional)
1 handful of cilantro
Salt/olive oil

1) Char eggplant on your stove or grill.  Make sure all the skin gets nicely blackened on all sides. Then put it into a medium pot covered with the lid.  The eggplant will steam in the pot allowing the skins to separate from the flesh.  After about 10 minutes remove the skin from the eggplant (you don’t have to get too “detailed” with it) and then add it to a blender.  Secure the top with a kitchen towel, puree and then set aside.

2) In a medium skillet add 1 tablespoon of oil into a pan.  On low heat add the cumin seeds and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the seeds start to sizzle slightly.  Add the chiles (if using) and fry for another 2 minutes.


3) Add the curry paste to the pan and stir to combine. Add a teaspoon of salt.  On medium heat fry the curry paste for about a minute and then add the pureed eggplant with ½ cup of water.  Simmer for 5-10 minutes and add peas and cook through.  At this point add the cream/coconut milk (if using) and cilantro.  Season to taste and serve!

There are several other recipes I will be adding to this post for the all purpose curry paste, including saag, channa masala and chicken makhini.  Stay tuned for details!

This great all purpose curry paste keeps for about 1-2 weeks.


4 comments on “August Food Swap! Curry Paste Recipes!

  1. coralcrue
    October 9, 2012

    wonderful recipe! would love to follow your blog 🙂

    • Ruchikala
      October 10, 2012

      Why thank you! Do let me know if you have any recipe requests!

      • coralcrue
        October 11, 2012

        Yes, please. Any interesting ways to make Soya chunks really tasty to have with chapatis?

      • Ruchikala
        October 12, 2012

        I love that idea! Do you mean textured soy protein or Tofu?

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