Eggplant Curry Couscous

One-sentence Review: There were no leftovers.

Don’t let the long ingredient list throw you. This is super easy and pretty cheap.  Veganize by using vegan mayo & soy yogurt (I think.  I’ve never done so, with my soy allergy, so do so at your own risk).  De-glutenize by subbing rice or quinoa for the couscous. 


1 medium eggplant (about 1lb)
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 t paprika
1/2 t black pepper
1 small onion, diced
3 T total combined oils (I use corn & olive for good flavor with a higher smoke point)
1 c plain yogurt
1/3 c mayonnaise
1 t curry powder
1 t powdered ginger
1 1/2 c water
1 c dry couscous

Peel and cut eggplant into 1″ cubes. Sprinkle with 1 t salt and place in a colander. Let drain 10 minutes, then rinse with cold water & squeeze dry. Sprinkle with paprika & pepper and set aside.

Brown onion in 1 T oil and mix in a bowl with yogurt, mayonnaise, curry & ginger powders. Set aside.

Bring water to a boil, then stir in couscous. Let sit covered while you sautée eggplant in remaining oil over medium-high heat until browned and very soft. Stir in all but 1/4 c of the yogurt mixture. Keep on the heat for another 2-3 minutes until heated through, then remove from the heat. Stir in couscous, then stir in remaining yogurt sauce just before serving.

About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at .

4 Responses to Eggplant Curry Couscous

  1. Got my attention! I love eggplant and have quinoa to use up. Thanks Erin.

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