Sweet and Spicy Eggplant

Mixing Indian curry paste with hoisin makes a spicy, sweet, fragrant sauce perfect with eggplant. Use the long Japanese eggplant for this. They are not bitter. Make ahead of time and reheat.



  • 2 tablespoons mild Indian curry paste

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • ½ cup water


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger

  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic

  • 1 cup sliced onion

  • 3 Asian eggplants, cut in half lengthwise and sliced on the bias into 1-inch pieces

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons chopped Thai basil (or mint)


Combine curry paste, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, sugar and water in a bowl. Reserve.

Heat vegetable oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add ginger, garlic and onion and sauté until just limp, about 1 minute. Add eggplant and stir-fry for about 5 minutes or until it is browned and crisp-tender. Pour over reserved sauce and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until eggplant is tender. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Thai basil before serving. Serves 4 to 6.