Curried Eggplant and Chickpea Saute

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Curried Eggplant and Chickpea Saute

By Sherri Mraz, the Cookin’ YogiCurriedEggplantandChickpea-CY

Ingredients
1 cup basmati rice
Sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 onion chopped
3 – 4 tomatoes chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1 eggplant cut into 1” cubes
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 15 oz can chick peas
1/2 cup fresh basil
1 tsp corn starch if not using yogurt
1/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt, optional

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Directions
In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine the rice, 1 ½ cups water, and ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Stir the rice once, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes, eggplant, curry powder, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper and the garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until eggplant is tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
Stir in the chickpeas and cook just until heated through, about 3 minutes.
Remove the vegetables from heat and stir in the basil and corn starch. Add the yogurt, if using, at this step without cornstarch. Fluff the rice with a fork. Serve the vegetables over the rice with yogurt, if using.

 

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Sherri Mraz, author of the “Cookin’ Yogi’s, More Energy, Less Waist” and owner of the Wellness Cooking Academy and Cookin’ Yogi. I teach how to enjoy real food again and how “Healthy Begins in the Kitchen.” Sherri Mraz, The Cookin’ Yogi, Food Educator and Certified Health Coach, and Barbara Nicholson, N.D., Certified Natural Health Practitioner facilitate the Healthy Cooking ~ Healthy Living workshops. Sherri and Barb are found in West Palm Beach, coaching clients on how to reach their goals for health, weight loss, and stress reduction. Additionally, they present workshops and lectures on living a healthy, balanced life. Contact Sherri or Barb directly for more workshop topics and how they can provide workshops for your corporation or clients.