Curried Garbanzo Bean, Eggplant and Zucchini Summer Stew

Summer bounty can be redirected into this dish for a healthy meat alternative… Great for lunches at work or a mid-course or a side dish. I made this for the first time this year and I expect that I will keep making it through the fall and winter, using different type of vegetables as the seasons change.

 

 

Curried Garbanzo Bean, Eggplant and Zucchini Summer Stew

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium eggplant, chopped to small cubes
  • 1 medium squash, chopped to small cubes
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped to small cubes
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander 
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 or 2 hot chile, dry (I put whole lot more for myself)
  • 1 14-oz can of garbanzo beans, with all the liquid or 2 cups made from dry
  • 1.5 cups of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish (OPTIONAL)

Heat the peanut or vegetable oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until soft and golden; 15 minutes.

Stir in the ginger and garlic and cook for a few minutes. Add the eggplant, squash and zucchini and a pinch of salt. Stir to coat and cook for 7-10 minutes until the veggies re somewhat tender (not really).

Stir in the garam masala, coriander, cumin, turmeric, chile and a few pinches of black pepper. Cook for a few minutes and then pour in the garbanzo beans, tomato sauce, coconut milk and the 2 tbsp of the cilantro.

Raise the heat to medium high and bring the stew to boil. Then reduce heat and let simmer for 1520 minutes until veggies are wilted but not dead (too soft).

Serve it in bowls, with jasmine rice or something and sprinkle generously with the remaining cilantro and the optional coconut shavings. Makes 6-8 servings. Here are the nutritional facts (without rice):

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