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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Brinjal Curry in a Toast Box

I love brinjals aka aubergine aka eggplant, whichever name you choose to call it and I was craving for it.  I don't get to eat it often enough because that's one vege that no other family members like except me.   I hardly cook it as a main dish, at most I will add one into a dish that allows me to, like fish curry for example.  

Since I was going to make something for myself only on that day, a little pampering will be in order :)  Initially I had the Japanese style grilled eggplant, Nasu Dengaku in mind but while surfing for recipes I chanced upon this eggplant curry.   It looked good plus it was a no fuss and healthy version of a curry.  No meat, no frying of the brinjal and no coconut milk.   

And I had a freshly made Pullman loaf.  I thought it would be nice to eat it with some bread.  So, here it is, looking a wee bit more fancy than just slabbing it on a slice of bread.    

I cut out the inner part of the bread into little cubes, then toasted them before laying a layer back into the toast box. Then i filled it up with some brinjal curry and topped it with some sambal belacan.

And again for dinner minus the box :) 

It is a slightly tangy and light version of a curry.   Inspirations were from My darling lemon thyme and Spicie Foodie.  I made some changes to the original recipe to suit my taste. 

For this post, it shall be the recipe for the curry, shall talk more about the bread in another.  The bread is also another new recipe that I have discovered and have fallen in love with! Easy yet produces a nice loaf of bread that can be easily adapted for different flavours.


  • 2 medium size brinjals, cut into thin rectangles
  • 3 large tomatoes, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsbp chilli paste
  • 1/2 cup water

  1. Heat cooking oil in a pan then fry onion until onion is soft and golden brown in colour.
  2. Add in ginger, garlic and cumin/fennel seeds.  Stir fry until smells fragrant.
  3. Add in ground turmeric, chilli paste and chili/curry powder. 
  4. Add in tomatoes and fry until they start to soften.
  5. Add in brinjal.  Mix well to ensure brinjal is coated with spices.
  6. Add in water.
  7. Cover and simmer under medium low heat until brinjal is soft and gravy is at preferred thickness. 
  8. Season with salt and adjust spiciness to taste if necessary.


Thanks for joining in the Little Thumbs Up curry event! I love your idea of serving the curry in the toast bread, reminds me of what I did once with curry wrapped up in bread dough and baked in the oven, we call it golden pillow curry :)

Hi adeline, your first picture look so fancy :)) this sounds very tasty, and a light yet satisfying meal esp for us ladies. my hubby would be like - er is that all?! haha.

A lovely curry! Soft toast bun as a serving bowl is just fun!

Ade , you're very creative serving your scrumptious curry that way ! I love eggplant as well but haven't tried egg plant curry yet :D

Wah, I love your toast box! I also lose brinjals especially in curry. Curry with toast is very yummy for me :)

This is so cute! I love this idea~

Great idea to use the bread as an edible bowl! Looks delicious! I love eggplants too and luckily so do my boys:D

Wow! This is so innovative ! Love it & very appetizing too! ;)

@Miss B: Thanks for dropping by. Oh, yes, golden pillow buns, those are yummy!

@Esther: Hmm, i can imagine the same statement from my man too :)

@Angie: Oh yeah, it's fun eating up the bowl!

@Anne: Thanks! I think you will like the curry if you like eggplants :)

@PH: Thanks!

@Cathleen: Thanks!

@Jeannie: Thanks! Lucky you!

@Kit: Thanks!

The inspiration for this came from soup served in bread bowls :)

such a cute idea to hv it served in that toast box! put this on the dining table or at a gathering, it looks pretty impressive!

This looks fantastic! Yum! I reckon you will make lots of money selling these at Melbourne! :D

Wow, that's look marvelous. I love your bread box, very creative and innovative ideas. The filling look delicious too. Thanks for sharing this interesting recipe.

best regards.

wow, It looks gorgeous and I didn't know there are a lot of names of eggplant.

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