Normally we like a cold dinner if it's hot outside, but a spicy dish can be equally as great on a warm day. While I love both Thai and Indian curries, I didn't feel like a heavier Thai-inspired curry with coconut milk and went for a more Indian-inspired dish with fresh vegetables, tomatoes, and lots of spice. Plus, it was a great way to use up some of the early summer produce I picked up - an eggplant and some beautiful little summer squash that are starting to come into season. This dish was equally delicious reheated for lunch the next day.
Eggplant and Summer Squash Curry
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
2 T. ghee (clarified butter) or extra virgin olive oil
1 medium eggplant, cut into 3/4'' pieces
3 small summer squash, diced
8 oz. firm tofu, cut into 1/2'' pieces
1 onion, diced
1'' fresh ginger, peeled and grated
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 t. ground cumin
1 T. ground coriander
1/2 t. turmeric
1/2 t. cayenne
1/2 t. crushed red pepper
1 1/2 t. kosher salt
1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 c. water
1 c. brown jasmine or basmati rice
Boil 2 c. water in a small stockpot, add the rice, and simmer for about 40 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
Meanwhile, heat the ghee or olive oil in a large skillet or stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until softened and starting to brown. Add the ginger, garlic, and cumin and cook for 2 minutes. Add the coriander, cayenne, salt, and turmeric, and cook an additional 30 seconds. Add the eggplant and summer squash and stir to coat well with the spices. Add the tofu, crushed red pepper flakes, and diced tomatoes (including their juices) and 1 c. water. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant and squash are tender. Serve over the rice and garnish with a generous amount of chopped cilantro. Season to taste with more salt if necessary.