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Eggplant Vindaloo is a healthy vegetable curry recipe with eggplants, coconut milk, mustard, vinegar, pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro. | ifoodreal.com

I am adding eggplant vindaloo curry full of healthy fats, carbs, protein and potassium to my meatless quick one pot dinner collection. I am always on a lookout for more quick and affordable plant based dinners. I grew up in a family where a meal without meat is considered not a meal. Still until this day when my mom comes over for a visit I can see she is kind of uncomfortable with my fridge. On one occasion she even asked me to pick her up a steak because she was about to faint.

Current situation – I didn’t cook meat for a week knowing she is coming over and almost every meal will be made with meat. I personally am going on a week long vacation (pinch me!). Kids are staying home and they will have to deal with the meat situation. I am sure they will survive, I will just detox them when I am back.

Eggplant Vindaloo is a healthy vegetable curry recipe with eggplants, coconut milk, mustard, vinegar, pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro. | ifoodreal.com

And yesterday grandma showed up loaded with garlic kielbasa, cheese buns and cheese. 10 year old had a slice of kielbasa and said he is good and doesn’t want to eat more processed meat. Ha! So kids will figure it out plus Kyle can cook quite many meals.

So, I often get asked this question: is Ukrainian cuisine healthy?! I immediately start to analyze what we ate, what Eastern European immigrants eat in the US and what my mom eats. Um…Hm…I would say so-so. Ukrainian food is made with A LOT of meat, dairy products, white flour and white sugar which do not define health to me. Is Ukrainian food cooked from scratch? Yes but so is Chinese food. To me, eating real food is a step above eating processed food. No doubt. But even real food diet can be so unbalanced IMHO.

Eggplant Vindaloo is a healthy vegetable curry recipe with eggplants, coconut milk, mustard, vinegar, pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro. | ifoodreal.com

I personally had to come up with staple recipes for my family. Dinners that are made more with plant-based hearty, volume and affordable ingredients like lentils, beans, squash, eggplant, tofu, mushrooms etc. Food that you can buy a lot of and make a filling dinner that is healthy and everyone will eat. I barely cook Ukrainian dishes for health and time reasons. My favourite is borscht.

So, when I saw Jenn’s Pork Vindaloo Curry I immediately clicked on it. Being quite an experienced home cook myself (I think I am?!) a recipe has to really catch my interest. I am not Indian so I know one or two curries to make. Anything different than a curry recipe with coconut milk, tomato paste and curry powder gets my attention.

Eggplant Vindaloo is a healthy vegetable curry recipe with eggplants, coconut milk, mustard, vinegar, pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro. | ifoodreal.com Eggplant Vindaloo is a healthy vegetable curry recipe with eggplants, coconut milk, mustard, vinegar, pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro. | ifoodreal.com

I immediately fell in love with the spices combo: yellow mustard, white vinegar, cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper and salt. Yep, I can do that. Pork?! Not a big deal. I imagine how wonderful this vindaloo curry tastes with pork because pork is a sweet tender meat which I so-so miss. I love pork! We do not buy pork now because I can’t find it organic or naturally raised anywhere. But it’s OK. I was really on a lookout for a vegan curry recipe.

So, I chose to make eggplant vindaloo because it is in season now. I think tofu and mushrooms would work just as great. Eggplant has soft spongy texture that absorbs liquids well. So tangy sweet coconut milk sauce is a perfect candidate to give the eggplant a delicious bubble bath.

Eggplant Vindaloo is a healthy vegetable curry recipe with eggplants, coconut milk, mustard, vinegar, pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro. | ifoodreal.com      Eggplant Vindaloo is a healthy vegetable curry recipe with eggplants, coconut milk, mustard, vinegar, pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro. | ifoodreal.com

When it came to garnish, I chose toasted pine nuts and a lot of fresh cilantro which elevate this vindaloo vegetable curry recipe to another level. I understand that pine nuts are very expensive, I get it. I buy a giant bag at Costco for $20 – the only time I can afford pine nuts. For a more affordable version you can use roasted peanuts.

In case you are wondering how did my family react to an eggplant vindaloo since I know an eggplant is not a common North American vegetable to eat (it is huge in Europe!). My 10 year old LOVED it. A 5 year old – we couldn’t even force feed him more than 8 spoonfuls. And my husband…Look what he sent me the day after…I think this text says it all. I told him the recipe will be up next week and cook away, Alex.:)

Eggplant Vindaloo is a healthy vegetable curry recipe with eggplants, coconut milk, mustard, vinegar, pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro. | ifoodreal.com Eggplant Vindaloo is a healthy vegetable curry recipe with eggplants, coconut milk, mustard, vinegar, pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro. | ifoodreal.com

Eggplant Vindaloo Curry Recipe

Eggplant Vindaloo Curry Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat dutch oven on low-medium heat and add pine nuts or peanuts. Cook until roasted for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Return dutch skillet to the stove and melt coconut oil. Add onions, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  3. Add garlic and eggplant, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Add vegetable stock, stir, cover and cook for 10 more minutes.
  4. In the meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk coconut milk, vinegar, mustard, honey, cumin, turmeric, salt and cayenne pepper. Pour over eggplant, mix to combine, cover and cook on low for 40 minutes.
  5. Serve hot over brown rice or quinoa, garnished with toasted pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro.
  6. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1.5 cups:
Calories: 375.2
Total Fat: 24.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 871.3 mg
Total Carbs: 36.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 12.6 g
Protein: 7.1 g
WW Points+: 10

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5 Comments

  1. Olga G

    Your posts are always spot on for me. The other day my husband and I were talking about using less meat in our dishes. He’s Ukrainian too so a meatless meal is an odd concept but he agrees he feels so much better when we eat meat less often.

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    • Olena

      There you go. Let me know if your boys will eat this eggplant vindaloo. Curious to hear what other Eastern European kids think of it haha.

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  2. Dana

    Hi Olena,
    I so enjoy your blog. Thank you for all the great ideas, tips and recipes and for entertaining me along the way! My 13 year old daughter has decided to give up meat for ethical reasons and I fully support her. We both love animals and nature so I understand her decision. That means my husband and I will be eating differently too, so this recipe is very useful! I may make it tonight. Things like bread,pasta, sugar make me feel awful, so we eat a lot of meat and fish (tons of veggies too) and I’m worried I may not feel so great without it. Any ideas? Obviously I will have to experiment. My daughter is committed to eating plenty of nuts, tofu, and beans to fulfill her needs. Thoughts on that? I would appreciate it! Thanks! Dana
    PS.Always nice to get rave reviews on something you lovingly and thoughtfully prepare for your family, isn’t it?

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    • Olena

      Hi Dana. First of all, thank you very much! Secondly, I will be very honest with you. I know many girls go vegan for the same reasons as your daughter which are amazing! Honestly you just have to go with the flow and experiment what works for all of you. It depends on your schedule, tastebuds, budget etc. Try and see. I personally know if I was young and single I could be vegan no problem. Now I am all in for balance to keep me sane with my busy schedule. I found a balance. I eat a toast occasionally. I can’t imagine not eating meat. I crave it. But at same time I can spend 2 days with eggplant vindaloo. By age of 35 I learnt extremes of any sort do not work for my lifestyle or me. There is only so much food you can eat. I miss Greek yogurt dearly but I hate my itchy acne more than I love yogurt so I picked my batlle. But I miss it at times. So, honestly try and see what works but please do not go bananas because life is too short. If you eat healthy already just find your balance. Even if it means your daughter eats vegan all the way it might not be the same for you and your husband. You will figure it out. Think if you don’t eat bread, pasta, meat, fish, dairy, what are you gonna eat??? Beans, vegetables, nuts and tofu will not take you far if you have to work full-time, raise a family and have free time for yourself. The story is different for a teenager. And maybe that is not the way it is supposed to be…That is my personal opinion. Please don’t stress yourself about it. Mothers have enough stress already. Good luck and big hugs. Xxx.

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